THE EARLY YEARS
Harvey S. Firestone, a fourth-generation farmer from Columbiana, Ohio, founded the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1900, in Akron, Ohio - a city that would later become known as "Rubber City." At a time when manufacturers were focused on building tires for automobiles, Harvey has something more in mind/ He dreamed of putting rubber tires on farm tractors. Firestone soon began producing its own tires, and by 1906, sales passed the million-dollar mark and the brand was on its way to becoming a household name. By 1918, Firestone's "Ship by Truck" movement pioneered the trucking industry and forever changed the shipping industry.
RISING TO THE TOP
In the 1930s, Harvey Firestone set out to improve on the steel wheels of the early farming tractor. In addition to their hard ride and relentless vibration, the wheels often slipped and provided little traction. Firestone "Put the Farm on Rubber" by offering the first practical low-pressure pneumatic tractor tire. The increased economy, traction, and comfort was an obvious win as farmers nationwide converted to rubber-tired wheels. The success of the innovations paid off. Firestone celebrated 50 years of business and grew from a small company to a worldwide organization with more than 70,000 employees. And by 1955, Firestone was producing one million pounds of rubber each day and had become the world's largest rubber producer. By 1975, Firestone emerged as a multi-billion dollar, diversified, international manufacturing and merchandising enterprise, with operations n 28 countries and six continents.
By the late 1980s, Bridgestone and Firestone announced a joint tire-manufacturing venture. The matchup worked, and one year later, plans were announced to merge into a single corporation. As part of the reorganization from the merger, the company moved its headquarters from Akron, Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee where it celebrated its 100th year anniversary at the turn of the 21st century, the pioneering spirit of Harvey Firestone can still be found within the company's strong culture of innovation, as Firestone remains committed to staying ahead of the curve in pursuit of excellence.