Cooper Tires has over 100 years’ experience as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tires, focusing on passenger and light vehicle tires. Today they are a truly global company, with over 65 manufacturing, sales, distribution, and design facilities located around the world. Cooper is equally committed to both the quality and safety of their products, as well as the satisfaction of their customers. They continually seek to improve all aspects of their products. Cooper Tires’ history began in 1914 when brothers-in-law John F. Schaefer and Claude E. Hart purchased M and M Manufacturing Company in Akron, Ohio, which produced tire patches, tire cement and repair kits. Just a year later, they purchased The Giant Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, a business which specialized in rebuilding tires. In the subsequent years, the tire industry continued to grow and, in 1946, the company changed its name to Cooper Tires and Rubber. During World War II, they converted their “hard goods” department for wartime production and were eventually recognized for their contribution to the war effort.