You could say Harvey Firestone reinvented the wheel. Because when he started the Firestone Tire Company, he changed the way we drive. Behind everything he did was a commitment to being ahead of the curve — from the invention of non-skid tread to a racing legacy that’s second to none. Today his pioneering spirit can still be found within our company’s strong culture of innovation. Have a look at the timeline below to see just how far we’ve come in our pursuit of excellence.
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded in Akron, Ohio. Our first factory opens two years later and employs 12 men.
Firestone begins producing its own tires. By 1906, sales pass the million-dollar mark and the brand is on its way to becoming a household name.
We release the first tires to feature non-skid tread designs. All highway tires produced after this product will use tread patterns for traction.
An Indianapolis branch manager suggest backing a driver in the Indy 500® to help tout Firestone's racing accomplishments. Recognizing a great idea, Harvey Firestone agrees. Soon after, the first Indianapolis 500 is won on a set of Firestone tires.
During World War I, trucks prove their value in shipping bulk supplies to the front. Back home, Firestone's "Ship By Truck" movement pioneers the trucking industry and forever changes the shipping industry.
For the first time ever, the Indy 500 is won on a single set of Firestone tires. The same feat isn't repeated until 41 races later...again, on a set of Firestone tires. This was also the year that Firestone perfected "gum-dipping," a method of insulating tire cords against internal heat.
We produce the industry's first-ever low-pressure balloon tire, vastly improving treadwear (and thus, mileage) in the average tire.
The Indy 500 is won on Firestone balloon tires. The value of the track as a test site is proven yet again, as speeds exceed 100 mph for the first time in the race's history.
The first commercially sponsored musical program on radio, The Voice of Firestone, hits the air. The program’s run lasts for thirty-five years and helps to launch the careers of some of America’s best known entertainers.
Harvey Firestone sets out to improve on the early farming tractor’s steel wheels. In addition to their hard ride and relentless vibration, the wheels often slip and provide little traction. Firestone “Puts the Farm on Rubber” by offering the first practical low-pressure pneumatic tractor tire. The increased economy, traction, and comfort is an obvious win as farmers nationwide convert to rubber-tired wheels.
War looms in Europe and Asia, threatening natural rubber supplies. In service to our country, we develop synthetic rubber and start making special tires for military vehicles.
The Indy 500 is won using a set of Firestone synthetic rubber tires.
We become the first company to regularly present its own TV program: Firestone Televues. The first show airs on the same night The Voice of Firestone radio program celebrates its 15th anniversary.
With 25 consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories, our racing legacy is now firmly established.
Firestone celebrates 50 years in business. We’ve now grown from a small company to a worldwide organization that employs more than 70,000 people.
Tires are wildly popular — we’re now producing one million pounds of rubber a day and have become the world’s largest rubber producer.
We open our 7.7-mile test track, the Texas proving grounds. First order of business: To create a racing tire capable of withstanding speeds over 190 mph. (Spoiler: We succeeded.)
We join 85 leading companies in the “Plan for Progress,” a movement to end discriminatory hiring practices.
We introduce the concept of wide, low-profile tires for high-performance cars — something that quickly takes hold around the world.
A new world land speed record of 576.553 miles per hour is set at the Bonneville, Utah, Salt Flats — with a set of Firestone tires.
The first steel radial with run-flat capability is introduced by Firestone. It’s capable of continuing for more than 50 miles at up to 40 miles per hour after a flat.
At 75 years old, Firestone has grown into a multi-billion dollar, diversified, international manufacturing and merchandising enterprise. Our operations can be found in 28 countries and six continents.
Our radial tire revolution has come full circle: All U.S.-made cars now exclusively feature radial tires. By contrast, in 1971 radial tires made up only 2 percent of sales to Detroit automakers.
Bridgestone and Firestone announce a joint tire-manufacturing venture. The matchup works. One year later, plans are announced to merge into a single corporation.
As part of the overall reorganization due to the Bridgestone/Firestone merger, we move our corporate headquarters from Akron, Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee.
After a 17-year hiatus from motorsports (Firestone didn’t compete in any races from 1975 through 1992), we win our first Indy 500 of the modern era.
Another Indy 500 win brings our trophy count to 50.
Our 100th anniversary. Firestone is now part of one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world with 8,000 different tires for a variety of vehicles.
The Destination line of hard-working truck tires launches with Destination M/T. Destination will go on to become the best-selling line of products for the entire company.
The Firehawk Wide Oval performance tire launches and is used on the Chevrolet SSR Indy pace car.
Originally marketed in the 1970s, our Fuel Fighter™ tires make a comeback with optimized tire structure and tread design to help reduce both fuel consumption and emissions.
In honor of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, we design a commemorative racing tire for use in the race itself. The race is won by Alexander Rossi, driving on—you guessed it—Firestone tires.