Goodyear Holds Grand Opening of New Global Headquarters
State, County, City officials join Goodyear leaders to cut tire tread ribbon
AKRON, Ohio, May 9, 2013
AKRON, Ohio, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cutting a ribbon featuring the
pattern of a tire tread, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) held
the "Grand Opening" of its new Global Headquarters here today.
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Goodyear Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. Kramer, Ohio Lt. Gov.
Mary Taylor and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic made brief remarks before leading
a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the tire company's
One of the Goodyear associates participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony
was Paul Sandstrom, who joined the company in 1967. He was selected to
represent Goodyear's 69,000 associates at the event due to his embodiment of
the company's heritage and innovative spirit. A polymer chemist, Sandstrom
holds nearly 1,400 patents.
Kramer said the company's new Global Headquarters represents many positive
attributes of both Goodyear and its hometown.
"It represents our commitment to Akron and northeast Ohio…not just to the
Akron of old, but to a revitalized, and progressive Akron that continues to
evolve and prosper in groundbreaking ways. It represents genuine
collaboration. Our new home was made possible by a true partnership between
the public and private sectors and serves as a model for other cities to
follow," he said.
"With its advanced technology and collaborative work environment, the new
headquarters is providing our associates with great opportunities to come
together as one team. There's genuine excitement about our new home, and more
importantly, greater excitement about our future," Kramer said.
The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on the plaza outside of the entrance to
the Global Headquarters, approximately 100 feet from where the company held
its groundbreaking on April 18, 2011.
The 639,000 square foot Global Headquarters building is home to nearly 2,000
corporate and North American Tire associates. The new building is connected
to Goodyear's existing Innovation Center and serves as a central campus for
the company in Akron. The Innovation Center is currently home to almost 1,000
Goodyear built its first office building, a two-story structure, on East
Market Street in 1900. Additional factory and office buildings, including the
landmark Old Guard clock tower, were constructed in 1915. The Akron
Innovation Center was built as a factory known as "Plant Two" in 1916 and
renovated in 1978 to become the company's global technical center.
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. Founded in Akron, Ohio
in 1898, it employs about 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 52
facilities in 22 countries around the world. For more information about
Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.
Note to Editors: Additional photos are available at www.goodyearnewsroom.com.
SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Contact: Keith Price, 330-796-1863
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