Goodyear signaled it is putting the global economic crisis behind it after breaking ground ground on its new global headquarters which had been delayed by the worldwide recession.
The US tyres manufacturer is embarking on a two-year construction project for its new global and North American head office.
Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear Chairman, CEO and President, said: “This was truly a remarkable team effort and a good example of the public and private sectors working together for the common good.
“Goodyear is proud to be a global company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Both Goodyear and the city have changed and grown over the years, but our commitment to Akron remains constant. Goodyear will continue to be a vital part of this community’s future.”
The groundbreaking took place on a grassy lawn, site of the new facility, just south of the company’s Innovation Center.
The project, which was announced several years ago, but delayed by the credit crisis,
is scheduled to be completed in early 2013. At that time, Goodyear will relocate about 2,000 associates into the building, which will serve as headquarters for the company’s global operations and North American tire business team.