Goodyear Receives Grant from US Congress
Goodyear is to receive a $2.25 million (£1.2 million) grant under the Defense Appropriations bill, passed last week by US Congress. The company’s Akron Technical Center will benefit from the majority of the financial injection, which will fund research and development of aircraft tyres to be used on America’s new Navy and Air Force joint strike fighter jets.
“This grant underscores Goodyear’s history of aircraft tyre innovation and we are proud to have earned the confidence of the US military and the aviation industry to produce the tyre,” said Joe Gingo, executive vice president quality systems and chief technical officer.
The company has been producing products for the US military for 85 years, and is already the world’s largest supplier of commercial, military and general aviation aircraft tyres.
Today, Goodyear claims to be the only remaining US owned tyre company manufacturing aviation tyres for the nation’s military and states that it works closely with aircraft manufacturers to develop and qualify radial and bias-ply tyres for new aircraft.