The Rubber Capital of the World

With all of the snow and ice covering the streets of Ohio this winter, we can thank Akron for the rubber tires keeping us on the road. During the 20th century, Akron was known as the “Rubber Capital of the World”. In 1950, 4 of the 5 largest tire companies had their corporate offices in Akron including Goodrich Corp., Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and Rubber and Company, and General Tire. The major rubber companies even established subsidized housing and communities for the industrial workers. It is believed that during the 1950′s, 1/3 of all rubber products were produced in Akron. The invention of the bicycle and automobile were major factors in the growth of the product. By the late twentieth century, the rubber industry began to decline in Akron. Goodyear is the last ┬ámajor tire manufacturer still based in the city. Even though the rubber production isn’t of the same magnitude that it was in the mid 1900′s, the city is still widely recognized and known for its rubber history.

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