100 YEARS LATER — THE LEGACY OF INNOVATION CONTINUES
William F. O'Neil, “W.O.” and his partner, Winfred E. Fouse, founded the General Tire and Rubber Company on Sept. 29, 1915. General Tire began as an outgrowth of the Western Tire & Rubber Company, organized by the two young Akron businessmen. “W.O.” and Fouse were convinced that, with a quality product, there was a place for them in big league tire manufacturing.
Continental is the second largest European tire producer. In recent years it has recorded substantial gains in both sales and earnings. For 1989, Continental reported U.S. dollars equivalent sales of $4.9 billion. Today, General Tire is a leader in the development, production, and marketing of quality tires for automotive applications.
The company continued to operate as General Tire, Inc. from March 29, 1984 through December 31, 1994. It then changed its name to Continental General Tire, Inc. from January 1, 1995 through April 30, 2000. As of May 1, 2000, the company’s name was changed to Continental Tire North America, Inc.
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