THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODYEAR TIRES

THE TRUTH ABOUT GOODYEAR TIRES


– America! (upbeat music) (rap music) America (turntable scratch)
– Why are we yelling, I don’t know why you’re yelling, I don’t really do the whole yelling thing. That was my bad but, how
else would you explain one of the first companies
in the United States of America to begin making tires. The first company to do pretty
much anything tire related. That’s what we’re here to talk about in this episode of tires history, which is none other than Goodyear Tires. So hit play, wait, no
that’s part of the intro. See, I said hit it and
then it says play intro… I (beep) it up. You’re
gonna need to pause it. – [Stewie] You suck! (upbeat music) Taking it back to 1898, to a
man named Frank Seiberling. Now, Frank was a son of
American-German entrepreneur, who just liked making
money and he was from Ohio. Probably the only exciting
thing to ever come out of Ohio. – [Smokey & Craig] Damn! He spent some time in college,
kind of just you know, wanted to be a millionaire, and who didn’t want to be a millionaire
in the 19th century? But Frank really just kept, I don’t know, getting involved in all sorts of things. Frank ended up going and
heading into a bar in Chicago, where he was just planning
on having a couple drinks then from there, he heard from a man talking across from the bar, which is all rumor by the way, about a factory that
was about to close down, it was really for sale
for pennies on the dollar. Frank really just wanted to
try his hand at something and he figured, you know
if I’m gonna take a risk, might as well do it now. Frank ended up buying this place, but he didn’t have any money, and the word on the street for the story of how Frank managed to acquire the factory, is that he got drunk with the man,
went to his sister’s house, and convinced his
brother-in-law to loan him $3,500 for the initial
down payment on the factory that we would come to
know for Goodyear Tire. Now here’s the thing with Goodyear Tire, is they had absolutely no idea what they were going to do with the factory. He just knew that he wanted to buy one, and really when it came
down to the rubber industry in the late 1800s, it was already saturated with bicycle tire companies. There really was already companies doing what he wanted to do. So Frank and his brother launched
the company Goodyear Tire. (glass breaks) (audience groans) – Goodyear, essentially,
right when they got out of the gates, they already started having trouble with pretty much everyone. Kelly Springfield, at the time, which was the largest
carriage company at the time. They fought with patents, technologies, processes, the courts themselves. It wasn’t until really, he
convinced the lot of courts and pretty much through
every single lawsuit that he just wasn’t doing anything wrong. He was an entrepreneur, but he wasn’t necessarily a business owner. He was really good at making sure the products that he was going to make, were just going to
work, but he didn’t want to necessarily have to be the person to get involved and say, let’s fight all these legal battles
and do this and do this. Frank was just like, hey man
you’re making a tire this way. We’re gonna make it this way. And then he’d go to the court and be like, Yo this is different. The courts would be
like, God damnit Frank, stop making the same tire. But really, it was weird
because just randomly, after one of the biggest probably legal battles Goodyear ever faced, the court just decided, hey you can make your tires the way that you want to. Now that’s a vast
over-simplification of what happened. Don’t sue me, but that’s
pretty much what had occurred. What ended up happening with Goodyear, is they found out that
the original tire patent that they were duplicating
was no patent at all. It was just something
that the previous company was trying to battle to punch them out before they were actually
able to make money and Goodyear just stuck with it. They decided to keep making more money. And they developed a lot
of different processes and patents to start leading
the game when it came to tires. The original employee company had only 13 employees, who were busy
making Goodyear successful. So while that was
happening, Frank was just kind of making inventions and stuff. There was one specifically,
that really set Goodyear on the map, and that was the one that we know, which essentially made it from going from five
tires made per 10 hour work day to 6o tires per 10 hours. Now, it was pretty easy to do because they could just find a really
easy way to make tires. It was less maintenance, they
could detach them easier. Use different cloth, they
had all sorts of processes that was pretty much a
middle finger to the industry at the time because
Goodyear was just like, hey. (swoosh) By 1926, Goodyear really
was one of the largest companies in the world with
over 230 million in sales. A lot of Goodyear’s history is essentially within their initial three to four decades because from there, once they got through the legal battles, they
really did explode. (toy squeaks)
(eerie music playing) (explosion) Now, well, a lot of things were going good for Goodyear, there was
some things that were really not going so good for Goodyear. There was a lot of
strikes back in the day, in terms of working conditions
because factory labor was so new at the time. So while the rubber tire
company was making plays so was the United Rubber Workers. (turntable screeches)
United Rubber Workers. (rap music playing) In fact, the URW single-handedly made it extremely difficult for Goodyear
to pretty much do anything. They almost shut down if they weren’t going to increase the
essential benefits of the time. What ended up happening is Goodyear found that they really
couldn’t win this battle. (swoosh) ♪ it’s a shame I had to get my ♪ (bleep) whooped on this beautiful day ♪ – URW made a lot of
these working conditions much better for the workers
for Goodyear at the time, and because it was so new,
Goodyear really didn’t know what to expect and
after that they just continued to grow with their union division that made the tires. So let’s just hit you with a few accomplishments that
Goodyear essentially created. In 1963, they produced
over one billion tires. In 1971, they were the
first tires on the moon. Like how do you, you can brag about that. In 1992, they made the first run-on flat tires in the industry. In 1999, they essentially
partnered with Sumitomo rubber industry, which if you didn’t know, I talked about in the previous video, when we were talking about Toyo, to become the world’s largest tire player. In 2009, they partnered with NASA again to make more stuff for the moon I guess. I don’t know, maybe the
moon just likes tires. Essentially, their tires
range from everything, from all seasons to winter to summer only. Their specialty though, is really nothing besides just affordable
all-season standard tires. They’re high-end tires don’t have the same following as Toyo or Nitto. It’s unlikely that they’re going to break the mold with any sort of
crazy summer tires coming soon. But Goodyear is just one of those brands that is so involved with everything that they just are probably part of your life and you don’t even know it. Goodyear is probably the biggest proponent of any sort of rubber
industry in the world. Especially, when it comes to tires. I mean, they are involved in motor sport. They are one of the sole
producers for NASCAR. But I tell you what,
Goodyear is a damn good American company because gosh darn it, if you like Busch Light, America, flags, freedom and everything that has to do with turning left; you know
Goodyear’s a good company. They’re definitely the definition of biting off more than you can chew; (roars) – [Dad] Did he bite you? – [Child] No. – Because their history’s so sophisticated and confusing that even
if you look at their about us on their website;
it’s absolutely insane. They have dedicated material to like every year that Goodyear did something. Like the time Frank took a poop in 1936 or the time John decided to
go on the roof and fly a kite. I mean, Goodyear has
everything about their brand. Imagine being that CEO, I mean,
that is just insane to me. You know Goodyear because of who they are and how they started and if there was ever a story you wanted to
tell a young kid about becoming an entrepreneur, you
tell them the Goodyear story. So that’s everything that we
have on Goodyear Tire history. Now there is a ton of more information. So if you guys have any questions, or you want to learn more, we’ll drop a couple links for you,
if you’re interested. But of course, check out our website, Fitment Industries dot com. Bet you didn’t see that
sales pitch coming. Wheels, tires, suspension, and air lift is available on our site
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guys enjoyed this one. I had a ton of fun researching this one, and I cannot wait to get off the camera because it’s Friday and it’s beautiful out and I’m sitting right next to my car. (tongue clicks) Oh, I blinked with the wrong eye. But I’m Alex from Fitment Industries. We’ll see ya later, peace.

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  1. Yea no one exciting has ever come out of Ohio. There was this one guy. His name was, hmmmm, ledron? Leb… Leb…. Lebron? Yea I think that’s his name. He’s pretty cool

  2. Only interesting thing from Ohio huh. Well, guess the discovery of flight and modern aircraft wasn’t needed.

  3. Stop making great videos and ship my wheels already ! >:( … just kidding guys keep it up but in all honesty send my wheels I’m really anxious 😭

  4. Hi guys nice vid 😀
    I'm running Goodyear Eagles luv them.
    Hey is that fuzz I'm starting to see on your chin lol

  5. and we’re back to memes. Hey if the viewers like it then go with it. I come here for the history lessons, but still prefer less meme use. Good job on reaching almost 50k!

  6. You guys edit these videos so well! The memes are great. Love the content too. I'm looking for tires for my F30 335i and I've been stalking your vids and site

  7. They are really good..l was using 215/40/17 in 2005….GdYEAR F1 or DUNLOP Direzza are my option…When the F1 Assymetrical hit the market, they don't make the 215 in 40, only in 45…I end up with the F1 dR5. The region l live, some specs are not readily available….but things are looking better. Do a CAMPAGNOLO wheels video. The same Italian company that do bicycles.

  8. Klutch wheels just came out with the carbon fiber SLC3. Think you guys can do a review on this wheel? Beautiful 5 star face 😍

  9. Trash in my opinion I had 3 different good year sub brands they all where trash. I found a cheap tire brand that out performed them on a auto cross course and off road. To many defects

  10. Speaking bad about America isn't so trendy anymore.   Also, Nascar  will be around long after "Fitment Industries" gets thrown out of moms basement.   Otherwise, pretty informative.

  11. How about Nokian Tyres ?
    They claim that they invented the very first Snow tire !
    They even made a video where they brag about it :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvJijBhKtRs

  12. Have some Goodyear tires currently on one of my cars and they are great. Tried Chinese tires on another car and they are just bad. I usually stay with Goodyear, Bridgestone, or Michelin.

  13. Yeah and they haven't made a good tire in decades. Oh and Firestone started long before Goodyear. Oh and thier tires are shit.

  14. Love this channel. They give me all the answers to the questions i never asked myself.
    I like that shit. I like that shit alot.

  15. and rumor has it good year rsa plus are crappy tires but required on law inforcement. lol
    The good year rubber division has sold off most of everything but tires…. they don't make wipers or belts or floormats. The will spend large sums of money for private gumshues to get dirt on people that have actually been hurt at work and have problems. But what do I know, I worked there for a few years…… The real sweet job to have is working on there nascar team…. you have to marry into that gig just about… I know because one of the main places is right up the street. Hell one of thoes guys wanted a part time job with us cause he got bord for the part of a year he didn't work….. all be it still pulling in 100k part time….

  16. The best tires I ever had on my Porsche and 370Z were Japanese tires, Yokohama A008P and Bridgestone Potenza S007. The Bridgestones are pretty expensive though, about $350 apiece.

  17. I don’t know about Goodyear but don’t ever buy anything from an company-owned Firestone store. If it’s not a locally owned franchise store the Ohio-based company-owned Firestone store will rip you off nine ways to Sunday.

  18. Goodyear never .ade good on 160 dollar rebate. Shameful, I think employees are pocketing rebates for themselves, crooked

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