BFGoodrich is an American manufacturer of tires, originally part of the industrial conglomerate Goodrich Corporation, it was acquired in 1990 (along with Uniroyal, then The Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company) by the French tire maker Michelin. Prior to the sale, BFGoodrich was the first American tire manufacturer to make radial tires. It made tires for the then new Winton car. BFGoodrich tires have been fitted to several noteworthy historical vehicles:
· In 1903 The first car to cross the United States was fitted with BFGoodrich tires.
· In 1927 Charles Lindbergh's airplane, the "Spirit of St. Louis," which made the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic, was fitted with BFGoodrich tires.
· In 1977 The Columbia space shuttle was fitted with BFGoodrich tires during construction.
BFGoodrich have been involved with several competitions and enjoyed success with 17 victories at the Baja California Competitions and 5 times winner of the Paris–Dakar Rally. It was also the tire supplier for the 2006 and 2007 seasons of the World Rally Championship.
Founded by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich in 1870, the BFGoodrich Company, later known as BFGoodrich, was among the first rubber tire manufacturers to be located west of the Appalachian Mountain Range. In the previous year, Goodrich had purchased the Hudson River Rubber Company. Based in Akron, Ohio, the BFGoodrich Company began as a manufacturer of rubberized hoses, which were sold mostly as firehoses. The company also produced rubberized belts, similar to those used on modern vehicles as serpentine belts (fan belt). As the company grew, it began to manufacture pneumatic bicycle tires, eventually leading to the production of pneumatic automobile tires in 1896, this made BFGoodrich the first company in the United States to manufacture this type of tire.
BFGoodrich was not the only tire manufacturer in the United States at the turn of the 20th Century. Among it´s competitors were Goodyear, Firestone, General and Uniroyal. Due to extensive research and scientific methods, such as tire wear evaluation and longevity testing, BFGoodrich was at the leading edge of the industry. Ford Motor Company, then owned by Henry Ford, chose BFGoodrich tires to be fitted in the new Model A Ford in 1903. That same year, the Model A, equipped with the tires, became the first car to cross the United States from east to west. This event made BFGoodrich a household name. Aside from being the first company in the United States to manufacture pneumatic automobile tires, BFGoodrich is also credited for introducing the rubber-wound golf ball, the first pressurized space suit and the use of synthetic rubber. Although significant, these innovations are not as well-known as the company’s contributions to the tire industry. In 1947, BFGoodrich developed the first tubeless tire in the United States. The tubeless tire eliminates the need for an inner tube, which improves performance and safety, as well as enhanced confort for the car´s occupants. BFGoodrich produced the first radial tires in the United States in 1965. This innovation made tires even safer as the radial type tire have longer tread life and permit better absorption of road bumps. The company patented an early sort of run-flat tire two years later, in 1967. This technology enables the vehicle to continue to be driven in emergencies by avoiding that the tire becomes flat instantly.
The Company, with the advent of modern technology has started selling on their online store as well which has been a huge success; the store is beautifully implemented with simple user interfaces making it very easy to find your desired product and to complete the purchase process. The online store is extremely flexible and is designed to be user friendly, accepting all forms of electronic payments via credit cards. The delivery time depends upon the location. The store lets you claim a refund or exchange if you are unsatisfied with a product or an offering and you may return it in its original condition and claim a refund of the product purchase. The store would however not be responsible for the shipping costs while making returns.