Even though many businesses produce tyres in American factories, only a small number of American-owned tyre producers are still in operation as of 2014: Cooper Tires, Titan Tires, Denman Tires, Goodyear, and Kelly Springfield. Goodyear owns Kelly Springfield, while Titan Tires manufactures farm tyres under the Denman and Goodyear brands.
The Rubber Producers’ Association, the association that supports American tyre manufacturers, includes a number of additional brands even though they are the only remaining U.S.-owned tyre companies.
The RMA is made up of all of the main tyre manufacturers in the world, including Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo, and Yokohama.
Although all of these companies employ Americans to produce their tyres at their American plants, the majority of them have their corporate headquarters in either Europe or Asia. For instance, Pirelli and Michelin are both French businesses, while Toyo and Yokohama have their headquarters in Japan.
With its founding in 1900, Firestone Tires was once among the biggest and most established tyre producers in the United States. Despite having its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, the brand was sold to the Japanese business Bridgestone in 1988 and is now 100 percent Japanese-owned.