Tire manufacturing remains an important business in the United States. However, international competition has curtailed the influence of America’s largest producers. Indeed, through mergers and acquisitions, the landscape has most certainly changed, with the largest manufacturers headquartered abroad.
Nevertheless, the U.S. consumer market remains an ideal place for tire manufacturers to sell their wares. Goodyear remains the largest of the U.S. companies, while foreign-based operators Michelin and Bridgestone outsell it globally. That said, key “foreign” manufacturers maintain headquarters in the U.S. along with production facilities.
8 Tire Manufacturers
The following is our list of the largest producers in the world along with their North American addresses, brands, and key details about each.
Michelin North America Headquarters
Address: 1 Parkway South
Greenville, SC 29615
Phone: (864) 458-5000
Brands: Michelin, Kleber, Uniroyal-Goodrich, SASCAR, and Camso
Did You Know? The Michelin mascot has a name and he is Bibendum or “Bib” for short. Most certainly, his look has changed through the years, but for more than 125 years he has represented the brand in one form or another.
Bridgestone Americas Corporate Headquarters
200 4th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201
Brands: Bridgestone, Firestone, Bandag, CFNA, GCR, Azuga
Did You Know? The Bridgestone name is derived from the Japanese word Ishibashi. “Ishi” stands for stone and “Bashi” means the bridge. Notably, the company is nicknamed after its originator Shojiro Ishibashi who established the firm in 1931.
Goodyear Global Headquarters
200 Innovation Way
Akron, OH 44316
Phone: (330) 796-2121
Brands: Goodyear, Dunlop, Fulda, Sava, and Debica
Did You Know? The first advertisement involving the Wingfoot trademark was published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1901. The “wingfoot” is from the mythical character, Mercury (or Hermes in Greek), who was the “god” of trade and commerce.
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC
1830 MacMillan Park Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29707
Phone: (704) 583-3900
Brands: Continental, Uniroyal, Semperit, Barum, General Tire, Viking, Gislaved, Mabor, Matador, and Sportiva
Did You Know? Continental reached a significant milestone in 2021 when they celebrated their 150th anniversary. This German tire manufacturer is credited with developing and producing the first automotive pneumatic tires with a plain tread in 1898. Six years later, they were the first manufacturer to develop grooved tires for automobiles.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries
8656 Haven Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Phone: (800) 723-2553
Brands: Sumitomo, Dunlop, Falken Tire, and Ohtsu Tire
Did You Know? Sumitomo shares the Dunlop brand with Goodyear. In North America, the Dunlop name is ascribed to new cars from non-Japanese makes. On the other hand, Japanese models and motorcycles may sport Dunlop tires made by Sumitomo.
Pirelli Tire North America
100 Pirelli Drive
Rome, GA 30161
Phone: (706) 368-5800
Did You Know? The Pirelli Calendar is published annually. Typically, it features renowned actresses and fashion models. The calendar also showcases the work of numerous fashion photographers.
Hankook Tire America Corporation
AT&T Building, 333 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615) 432-0700
Brands: Hankook, Kinergy, Dynapro, Winter l’cept
Did You Know? Initially established as the “Chosun Tire Company,” it was later renamed Hankook in 1968. Both names pay tribute to Korea’s history. The former is an ancient kingdom that spanned five centuries, while Hankook means “South Korea.”
Yokohama Tire Corporation
1 MacArthur Place, #800
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: (800) 423-4544
Brands: Yokohama, ADVAN
Did You Know? Yokohama operates two manufacturing plants in the U.S. The company also has a research and development center in North Carolina.
Tire manufacturing remains a significant business worldwide. In the U.S., tens of millions of tires are produced annually to outfit new vehicles and as replacement tires. For consumers, deals abound in one of the most competitive markets anywhere.
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