Goodyear Builds Mickey Thompson Tire in Akron
"With a continued focus on identifying connections to benefit a combined organization," Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. officials have announced that Mickey Thompson ET Front tires are now being built at Goodyear's Innovation Center Manufacturing facility in Akron, Ohio.
Goodyear acquired the Mickey Thompson brand when it finalized its purchase of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., the longtime owner of Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, this past summer.
“Throughout the integration process, our teams have remained committed to working together and this is a great example of how quickly and efficiently our motorsports groups were able to collaborate and leverage Goodyear’s manufacturing footprint,” says Dominick Wycoff, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels' president.
The ET Front, which is designed for drag racing applications, will be the first formerly Cooper-owned tire to be manufactured at a Goodyear facility.
“Goodyear and Mickey Thompson have each played a monumental role in the history of drag racing,” says Stu Grant, Goodyear’s general manager of globalrace tires. “Now, as a combined organization with over 100 years collectively in the sport, we’re excited to continue that momentum and innovative product development as we look to the future of drag racing.”