Harvey S. Firestone (Wikipedia)

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On February 7, 1938, automotive industry pioneer Harvey Samuel Firestone, founder of the major American tire company that bore his name, dies at the age of 69 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
Subsidiary
Industry Manufacturing
Founded August 3, 1900; 118 years ago
AkronOhioU.S.
Founder Harvey Firestone
Headquarters 200 4th Ave S.,

,

U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products Tires
Revenue Increase $ 2.09 billion (2004)
Number of employees
40,000
Parent Bridgestone (1988–present)
Website firestone.com

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is an American tire company founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900 initially to supply solid rubber side-wire tires[1] for fire apparatus,[2] and later, pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies, and other forms of wheeled transportation common in the era. Firestone soon saw the huge potential for marketing tires for automobiles, and the company was a pioneer in the mass production of tires. Harvey Firestone had a personal friendship with Henry Ford, and used this to become the original equipment supplier of Ford Motor Company automobiles, and was also active in the replacement market.[3]

In 1988, the company was sold to the Japanese Bridgestone Corporation.

Harvey S. Firestone
Harvey Samuel Firestone by Underwood c1910.jpeg

Harvey Firestone (c. 1910)
Born December 20, 1868

Died February 7, 1938 (aged 69)

Occupation Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
Spouse(s) Idabelle Smith Firestone
Children Harry (April 12–16, 1897)
Harvey, Jr. (1898–1973)
Russell (1901–1951)
Leonard (1907–1996)
Raymond (1908–1994)
Roger (1912–1970)
Elizabeth (1914–1941)

Firestone in 1931

 

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