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2/5/2018 Member News

Goodyear Rubber Products, Inc., turns 70

Goodyear Rubber Products, Inc., turns 70

February 10, 2018 marks Goodyear Rubber Products’ 70th year in business. Founded on Central Avenue in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida in 1948 by Murray and Jackie Jacobs, the company continues to grow and prosper today under the leadership of their youngest son, Robert “Bob” Jacobs, company President, along with Vice President and General Manager, Eric Von Kaenel.

Goodyear Rubber Products’ headquarters at 1912 Central Avenue now covers a full city block that includes the company’s corporate administration, purchasing, central warehousing, production and fabrication facilities, as well as the company’s conveyor belt division. Goodyear Rubber Products also has locations in Bradenton, Clearwater, Ft. Myers, Naples and Tampa, Florida. These 5 satellite locations are Parker Stores, basing their inventory on the requirements of their local communities.

Among the companies Goodyear Rubber proudly represents are Band-it, Continental/ContiTech, Dixon Valve & Coupling, Flexaust, Flexco, Hose Master, Ideal/Tridon, Kanaflex, Kuriyama, Novaflex, Pacific Echo, PT Coupling, Parker Hannifin Corporation, SEPCO, Sun Flow, Thermoid and many other current, top-quality NAHAD Manufacturer members.

The company is certified by Parker Hannifin’s Industrial Hose Division’s Circle of Safety program and also have had their testing, assembly and calibration methods approved by NASA. With multiple large industrial crimpers, they can crimp hose up to 10” ID, while offering certification on their assemblies for hydrostatic pressure testing, electrical continuity testing and many other processes, providing a valuable resource to their end-user customers as well as to other distributors. Certification to USCG Standards is a specialty.

Their unparalleled vendor brand choices, their large inventory of hose and fittings and superior expertise and fabrication capabilities; when coupled with their blind shipping capabilities, make Goodyear Rubber THE choice for supplying their many distributor partners the “cut and couple” requirements they need to service THEIR customers. Redistribution of cut, assembled, tested and certified hose, along with many other affiliated products, is a very important part of Goodyear’s service.

With a strong, forward-thinking management team in place, the company is well poised for the future. As Bob Jacobs is fond of saying, “The Goodyear experience should always be a cut above the rest and it is our people and our vendor partners that make that difference. We want every customer coming away feeling they were treated as if they were our most important customer, because they are!!”

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