Bridgestone Tires was founded in 1931 by its CEO Shojiro
Ishibashi. The name Bridgestone or “Stone Bridge” is a direct translation from
the Japanese language and was created in Japan in 1932 Bridgestone was the
first original tire manufacturing company in Japan to offer and to export tires
WHY BRIDGESTONE? Our
mission, values and commitment to sustainability and innovation define who we
are and drive us to be the global leader in tire technology. MISSION AND
VALUES: Our mission and values ensure world-class customer service and
inspire us to be an outstanding corporate citizen in the communities in which
we live and work. SUSTAINABILITY: To help ensure a healthy
environment for future generations to enjoy, we continually work toward a
sustainable society with our customers, partners and communities. INNOVATION:
Our engineers push the boundaries of what’s possible to improve performance,
safety and quality. Like you, we’re driven to be the best. And it starts with
our passion for innovation.
In 1900, Harvey Firestone founded Firestone Tire and Rubber
Company to supply high tech pneumatic tires for all wagons, buggies, and other
forms of early Twentieth Century wheeled transportation. DEPENDABILITY NEVER CLOCKS OUT. Reaching a destination isn't a
one-time thing. With Firestone tires, it's an everyday thing.
Michelin is a reliable American brand of tire know for their
safety, comfort, grip, control and rugged strength, toughness and more while
your everyday driving demands a quality performance tire.
BFGoodrich is a superior performance tire proudly
passionately producing performance driven tires since the beginning.
In 1898, CEO Frank Seiberling founded the original Goodyear
Tire & Rubber Company with only thirteen employees. The company started by
producing bicycle and carriage tires in November of 1898. By 1916 Goodyear
earned the title “The world’s largest tire company,” only 18 years after its
creation. At Goodyear, innovation
isn't just what we do - it's who we are.
In 1941 Hankook Tire was created as “The Chosun Tire
Company” in South Korea. In 1968, they changed its name to Hankook Tire.
Hankook is a reliable choice in performance and stability.
In 1960, Kumho Tires was created, initially as Samyang Tire.
In 1963, Kumho manufactured their first compact passenger car tire and broke
Korean record in 1976 by producing over one million tires in a year. Kumho was
established initially in Yandgong, Kwanglu City, Korea.
In 1890, Pirelli
entered the tire industry with the creation and development of their first
bicycle tire. In 1901, Pirelli produced their original high quality, first
automobile tire. Pirelli Tire now has become the fifth largest tire manufacturer
in the world regarding sales.
In 1945, in Japan, the Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. was
established. In July of 1966, U.S. operations of Toyo tires began in
California. Concurrently, the distribution of commercial tires began. Factory
made passenger tires followed less than ten years later, then Toyo expanded
into the U. S. and opened a factory tire production plant in Mt. Vernon,
Illinois in 1998.