Harvey Samuel Firestone founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1900 to supply rubber tires to wagons and buggies.
Harvey Firestone had a personal friendship with Henry Ford. Ford saw the potential market for tires for automobiles and Firestone tires were chosen to be the original supplier of new and replacement tires for the Ford Motor Company.
In 1998 Firestone was bought by Bridgestone Tire Company Ltd, a Japanese company that was founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi, for $2.6 billion.
Firestone was renamed Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc in the United States and is the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone.
The company was again renamed and is now called Bridgestone Americas (BSAM).
Today Firestone has 40,000 employees.