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1900-1925   |   1926-1949   |   1950-1975   |   1976-2018
Firestone-history-1900
1900
Harvey S. Firestone established the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1900.
Firestone-history-1903
1903
Firestone begins producing its own tyres in a factory with twelve workers.
Firestone-history-1906
1906
Sales pass the million-dollar mark and the brand is on its way to becoming a household name.
Firestone-history-1908
1908
The first tyres to feature non-skid tread designs are launched.
Firestone-history-1911
1911
An Indianapolis branch manager suggests backing a driver in the Indy 500 to help tout Firestone.
Firestone-history-1918
1918
During World War I, trucks prove their value in shipping bulk supplies.
Firestone-history-1920
1920
For the first time ever, the Indy 500 is won on a single set of Firestone tyres.
Firestone-history-1922
1922
Firestone engineers became the first to develop the industry’s low-pressure balloon tyre.
Firestone-history-1925
1925
The Indy 500 is won on Firestone balloon tyres. The value of the track as a test site is proven.
Firestone-history-1930
1930
The Voice of Firestone, the first commercially sponsored musical program on radio hits the air.
Firestone-history-1932
1932
Harvey Firestone sets out to improve on the early farming tractor’s steel wheels.
Firestone-history-1936
1936
Harvey Firestone Jnr, and Managing Director John Cohill, officially open the PE factory.
Firestone-history-1940
1940
Synthetic rubber is developed and used due to the threat in natural rubber supply.
Firestone-history-1943
1943
Firestone becomes the first company to regularly present its own TV programme.
Firestone-history-1950
1950
Firestone celebrates 50 years in business and has to a worldwide organisation.
Firestone-history-1955
1955
Tyres are wildly popular. We're now producing one million pounds of rubber a day.
Firestone-history-1957
1957
Firestone develops a high-speed race tyre to withstand a speed of 304 km p/h.
Firestone-history-1964
1964
Firestone offers radial tyres in their respective Japanese and American markets.
Firestone-history-1965
1965
Firestone introduces the concept of wide, low-profile tyres for high-performance cars.
Firestone-history-1971
1971
Synthetic rubber is developed and used due to the threat in natural rubber supply.
Firestone-history-1974
1974
Firestone introduces the first run-flat steel radial tyre.
Firestone-history-1979
1979
Firestone pioneers the concept of the "temporary spare" tyre.
Firestone-history-1988
1988
The Bridgestone Corporation acquires the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company.
Firestone-history-1990
1990
Bridgestone and Firestone are consolidated under a unified organisation called Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.
Firestone-history-1992
1992
The two merged businesses move to corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
Firestone-history-1995
1995
Firestone, a legend at the Indy 500, returns to open-wheel racing.
Firestone-history-1996
1996
UNI-T (Ultimate Network of Intelligent Tire Technology) is introduced.
Firestone-history-2002
2002
The Destination M/T tyre is launched and becomes the best-selling product line.
Firestone-history-2016
2016
Firestone designs a commemorative racing tyre specifically for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Firestone-history-2018
2018
Firestone leverages music as a tool to differentiate and further entrench the brand.