Tuesday 24th September 1912
The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company (Great Britain) Ltd. was registered in Wolverhampton, England. The Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company was founded in Akron, Ohio, USA in 1898. In 1913 a branch office was opened in London and American made tyres were imported through Chelsea Wharf. Protectionist tariffs after the First World War made importation unprofitable and a site for a British factory was selected in Wolverhampton at the disused works of enamellers, Macfarlane and Robinson. At the time this site was at the edge of the urban area and offered the opportunity for expansion over the years. A Scottish plant was opened at Garscadden near Glasgow in 1957 and a general products factory at Craigavon, Northern Ireland in 1968. The company also owns many branches and depots all over Britain. The Wolverhampton plant and headquarters has been one of the largest employers in the town and has also served as a focus of social and sporting activities for employees and their families.