New tire factory to be built in Akron Ohio.

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by 1970bl20, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. 1970bl20

    1970bl20 1970bl20

    Firestone has announced they will be tire provider for Indy car till 2025. as part of this announcement they said A new facility will be built in Akron to make the tiers. I know it's less than 100 jobs and the Firestone brand is now owned buy Brigestone but it still seams like good news to me to have the first new plant built here in 70 years.
    The days of being the home to the tire industry are gone forever and the town smells better these days. Still nice to see some link to our place in history.
    https://www.indycar.com/News/2019/02/02-06-Firestone-extension-through-2025
     
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  2. Junkman

    Junkman Well-Known Member

    Yeah, too bad American tire industry moved to China. Nice to see "something" happen. I wish an American tire company would make tires for our old cars in the popular sizes for a reasonable cost so we all don't have to buy expensive junky tires from Coker.
     
  3. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    They are only making high end specialty tires for Indy / Formula 1 cars?? At this proposed Akron OH facility? Tried to get into a Bridgestone "research" facility in Mesa AZ a while ago - in response to a posted employment ad - it seemed to be a crony operation.
     
  4. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    Cooper tires are still made in the U.S. of A. Unless something has changed since I last checked...
     
  5. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    So are most Goodyear and Kelly-Springfield tires.
     
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  6. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    And since Cooper makes Mickey Thompson's tires, I would assume that they are made in America, too.
     
  7. OHC JOE

    OHC JOE BUILDIN A 1970 GSX CLONE

    16646.jpeg I got some cool license plate toppers from Akron Ohio let me snap some pics
     

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  8. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Kelly Springfield are good tires
     
  9. Fox's Den

    Fox's Den 22 years of racing the same 355 Buick motor

    I never heard of Gassy's Auto parts not sure if before my time but the logo looks like the one from the store on South Main st.

    They had a few stores around Akron with the logo like that. You get the pics from the Quaker Square place? They used to have a place there that had all the old stuff from then.
    I am old enough to remember when the old Burghart brewery was operating on Grant st. and Flarity's potato chip company there too. Probably not spelled right..
     
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  10. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Is Quaker Square still there/open?
    That place is/was cool
     
  11. Mart

    Mart '71 350 GS, almost stock

    I had a tough time trying to burn those off. Wore real well.... They were a great compound years ago.
     
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  12. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Toyos are American made, or were the last I checked a couple years ago.
     
  13. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    Good to see a new plant here.
     
  14. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

  15. 1970bl20

    1970bl20 1970bl20

    Cooper Tiers have been my first choice for a long time. Sold them where I once worked and had few troubles with them and when you had a problem the rep. made it right every time. There stock has been a long time winner as well. When Firestone was thinking about getting out of racing the roomer mill had Copper making the tires for Indy car. Some of the under-card cars run on Cooper tires.
     

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