: This color image shows the Firestone Memorial, Columbiana (Ohio) Cemetery, the burial place of Harvey S. Firestone (1868-1938).
In 1900, Harvey S. Firestone established the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. Firestone relied on other companies to manufacture the rubber. His firm simply fastened the rubber to steel carriage wheels. In its first year of operation the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company grossed more than $100,000 in profit. In 1903 the company began to manufacture rubber, and in 1904 the firm proceeded to develop pneumatic tires for automobiles. In 1905, Henry Ford placed his first order for tires from Firestone. Firestone immediately hired additional workers, raising the number of employees from one dozen to 130. The following year, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company produced more than twenty-eight thousand tires and sold more than one million dollars worth of tires. By 1910, the company manufactured more than one million tires. Firestone's innovations in tire design allowed automobiles to travel faster and more safely. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL06615 Subjects
: Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938; Firestone Tire and Rubber Company; Monuments & memorials; Cemeteries--Ohio Places
: Columbiana (Ohio); Columbiana County (Ohio)