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.
|Founded||August 3, 1900
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
|Headquarters||200 4th Ave S.,
|Revenue||$ 2.09 billion (2004)|
Number of employees
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is an American tire company founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900 initially to supply solid rubber side-wire tires for fire apparatus, 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.
In 1988, the company was sold to the Japanese Bridgestone Corporation.
Harvey S. Firestone
Harvey Firestone (c. 1910)
|Born||December 20, 1868
Columbiana, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||February 7, 1938 (aged 69)
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Occupation||Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company|
|Spouse(s)||Idabelle Smith Firestone|
|Children||Harry (April 12–16, 1897)
Harvey, Jr. (1898–1973)