B.F. Goodrich Company

The Goodrich Corporation, formerly the B.F. Goodrich Company, was an American manufacturing company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in Akron, Ohio in 1870 as Goodrich, Tew & Co. by Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, the company name was changed to the "B.F. Goodrich Company" in 1880, to BFGoodrich in the 1980s, and to "Goodrich Corporation" in 2001. Originally a rubber manufacturing company known for automobile tires, the company diversified its manufacturing businesses throughout the twentieth century, and sold off its tire business in 1986 to focus on its other businesses, such as aerospace and chemical manufacturing. The BFGoodrich brand name continues to be used by Michelin, who acquired the tire manufacturing business in 1988. Following acquisition by United Technologies, Goodrich became a part of UTC Aerospace Systems.

In 1869 Benjamin Goodrich purchased the Hudson River Rubber Company, a small business in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. The following year Goodrich accepted an offer of $13,600 from the citizens of Akron, Ohio, to relocate his business there.

The company grew to be one of the largest tire and rubber manufacturers in the world, helped in part by the 1986 merger with Uniroyal (formerly the United States Rubber Company). This product line was sold to Michelin in 1988, and the company merged with Rohr (1997), Coltec Industries, and TRW Aeronautical Systems (formerly Lucas Aerospace) in 2002. The sale of the specialty chemicals division and subsequent change to the current name completed the transformation. In 2006, company sales were $5.8 billion, of which 18%, 16% and 12% of total revenues were accounted for by the U.S. government, Airbus and Boeing, respectively.

Though BFGoodrich is a popular brand name of tires, the Goodrich Corporation exited the tire business in 1988. The tire business and use of the name was sold to French company Michelin. Before the sale to Michelin, Goodrich ran television and print ads showing an empty blue sky, to distinguish themselves from the similar-sounding Goodyear tire company. The tag line was, "See that blimp up in the sky? We're the other guys!" The company was also sometimes confused with Mr. Goodwrench as the two last names were similar, especially when B.F. Goodrich tires were featured on many General Motors cars and trucks.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: sponsor

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-75247 12-in. 2/17/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program 1 Ruthrauff & Ryan Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75252 12-in. 2/17/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program 2 Ruthrauff & Ryan Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75253 12-in. 2/17/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program 3 Ruthrauff & Ryan Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75254 12-in. 2/17/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program 5 B.F. Goodrich Company ; Ruthrauff & Ryan Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75365 12-in. 3/7/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program no. 4 B.F. Goodrich Company Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75366 12-in. 3/7/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program no. 6 B.F. Goodrich Company Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75367 12-in. 3/7/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program no. 7 B.F. Goodrich Company Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75368 12-in. 3/7/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program no. 8 B.F. Goodrich Company Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75369 12-in. 3/7/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program no. 9 B.F. Goodrich Company Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-75375 12-in. 3/7/1933 For B.F. Goodrich Rubber Co. Program no. 10 B.F. Goodrich Company Radio transcription disc sponsor  
Victor CS-76421 12-in. 6/8/1933 B.F. Goodrich Company. Program 1A Fred Utell Radio transcription disc : "Script act" sponsor  
Victor CS-76422 12-in. 6/8/1933 B.F. Goodrich Company. Program 2A Fred Utell Radio transcription disc : "Script act" sponsor  
Victor CS-76423 12-in. 6/8/1933 B.F. Goodrich Company. Program 3A Fred Utell Radio transcription disc : "Script act" sponsor  
Victor CS-76522 12-in. 6/26/1933 B.F. Goodrich Company. Program 5A Fred Utell Radio transcription disc : "Script act" sponsor  
Victor CS-76523 12-in. 6/26/1933 B.F. Goodrich Company. Program 4A Fred Utell Radio transcription disc sponsor  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "B.F. Goodrich Company," accessed September 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103310.

B.F. Goodrich Company. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103310.

"B.F. Goodrich Company." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 September 2021.

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