Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded in 1989 by Frank Seilberling in Akron, Ohio. The company was named in honor of Charles Goodyear, the man who invented vulcanized rubber. The first Goodyear tires became popular because they were easy to detach and required very little maintenance. Today they are one of the world’s leading tire manufacturers, operating in 22 countries around the world, with a continued commitment to quality. Today, Goodyear tires are on more new vehicles in North America than any other brand. It’s that confidence, combined with Goodyear’s expertise, which keeps driver and auto professionals coming back to Goodyear. In addition, they have been listed as a top corporate citizen, and one of the most trustworthy companies. Goodyear is the sole provider of all tires used in the famous NASCAR race series. Goodyear is also famous for the Goodyear Blimp. They own and operate three blimps in the United States: Wingfoot One, Spirit of America, and Spirit of Innovation.