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Goodyear Tire opens new global headquarters

Cutting a ribbon featuring the pattern of a tire tread, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company held the grand opening of its new global headquarters in Akron, Ohio.

Goodyear chairman and chief executive officer Richard J. Kramer, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic made brief remarks before leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the tire company’s new offices.

One of the Goodyear associates participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Paul Sandstrom, who joined the company in 1967. He was selected to represent Goodyear’s 69,000 associates at the event due to his embodiment of the company’s heritage and innovative spirit. A polymer chemist, Sandstrom holds nearly 1,400 patents.

Kramer said the company’s new global headquarters represents many positive attributes of both Goodyear and its hometown.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on the plaza outside of the entrance to the global headquarters, approximately 100 feet from where the company held its groundbreaking on April 18, 2011.

The 639,000 sq.ft. building is home to nearly 2,000 corporate and North American Tire associates. The new building is connected to Goodyear’s existing Innovation Center and serves as a central campus for the company in Akron. The Innovation Center is currently home to almost 1,000 associates.