BFG Tires – Frequently-Asked Questions
What does BFG tires stand for?
B.F. Goodrich Company was Founded by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich in 1870, now known as BFGoodrich. BFGoodrich is one of the first rubber tire manufacturers started in Akron, Ohio in 1870 as Goodrich, Tew & Co.
In 1869, Goodrich had purchased the Hudson River Rubber Company. Based in Akron, Ohio, the BFGoodrich Company started as a manufacturer of rubber hoses, most of them were sold as firehoses. The company also produced rubberized belts, similar to serpentine belts (fan belt) which are used in modern cars. As the company was getting bigger, it began to make pneumatic bicycle tires, and there for the production of pneumatic automobile tires started in 1896, making BFGoodrich the first company in the United States to manufacture this type of tire.
At that time BFGoodrich was not alone in the tire manufacturing business in the United States. Competitors like Goodyear, Firestone, General and Uniroyal were in the business as well but, with the research and scientific procedures used for tire wear evaluation and longevity testing, BFGoodrich was the leader of the industry. Ford Motor Company, picked BFGoodrich tires to be used in the 1903 Model A Ford. With teamwork accomplishment The 1903 Model A Ford was the first car to cross the United States all the way from east to west, making BFGoodrich a household name.
The Goodrich Corporation, stopped making tires in 1988 and sold the business and the brand name to Michelin. Now a days Michelin North America., Inc., makes B.F. Goodrich tires.
Yes, if you’re looking to buy Made-in-America tires, BFGoodrich is the way to go. The company manufactures its tires in three different factories located in Tuscaloosa, AL, Wooburn, IN and Opelika, AL. you can go ahead and look for yourself and make sure their tires are made-in-America.
The BFGoodrich KO2 is made with a special rubber compound that prevents tearing of the tires, cuts and chips. They give you 15% more durability on asphalt and about 50% more on gravel or trail road and it doesn’t stop there, the sidewalls of the tires have been improved too and are 20% stronger in this tire model.
with all of the above said we still can point out that B.F. Goodrich Company,is the major American manufacturing company of the 20th century and for 90 years has been making automobile tires and other related products for the industry.