Founded September 29, 1915, General Tire began as an outgrowth of the Western Tire & Rubber Company. William F. O’Neil (“W.O”) and his partner, Winfred E. Fouse, were two young businessmen from Akron, Ohio who knew that if they built a quality product…the sales would come.
In the mid-1920’s, General Tire’s engineering team revolutionized the tire manufacturing industry when they invented the low-pressure General Balloon Jumbos. Requiring only 12 pounds of air pressure, the Balloon Jumbos were the first of several new ideas – including the blowout-proof Dual Balloon, Dual 8, Dual 10, Squeegee, and Dual 90. It was this kind of innovation and technology that continued to position the General brand as one of the industry’s best.
Today, General Tire continues the tradition of offering a complete line of quality, ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road, and commercial tires. While the General Tire engineering team continues to develop state-of-the-art technologies such as Duragen, 3D Sipe, and Monitor Technology, the red letter GRABBERTM continues to be the trademark of the General Tire brand.