Woven into the fabric of our citizenship as Americans is a deep sense of pride and patriotism. Memorial Day is a time to remember sacrifices that have been made on our behalf in the fight for independence. Despite our differences, we can all find unity under the stars and stripes that have come to symbolize this great nation. And as we remember the lives lost for the freedoms we now enjoy, let’s take a moment and reflect on what makes this country so great – its people.
Known to be hardworking, innovative, and ambitious, Americans consistently produce many highly sought-after products and services worldwide. In 2017, vehicles ranked number 5 among Top 10 exports, contributing $158 billion to GDP and making up about 10% of total exports.
Most would agree that buying products sporting the ‘Made in the USA’ label always leaves you feeling good. But it’s also a rare feeling, is it not? Finding products made in the U.S. can be tough, considering, our international imports exceed our exports by a long shot. In fact, the U.S.’s fourth-largest import category is automotive vehicles, parts, and engines, which adds up to a whopping $359 billion of the staggering $2.4 trillion total.
While it seems that most automotive industry related products are sourced elsewhere, we decided to ask the tough question: What is made in America? And more specifically, are any tires made in the US anymore?
Here’s what we found.
Utires.com provides a great comparison between American made tires versus foreign tires. As it turns out, there are technically only two tire manufacturers we can truly label as ‘American.’ The two genuine American tire brands are Goodyear and Cooper Tires.
These all-American brands are physically created and manufactured in the USA and aren’t owned by a foreign counterpart. Some brands, such as BFGoodrich and Firestone, started out as “American” brands, however, they are now owned by foreign companies and can no longer be considered as such.
On the other hand, many foreign companies find a home for their manufacturing facilities right here on American soil. Thus, many of their products are made and distributed here. So, is there a way to determine whether your tires were made here or somewhere else? Luckily, there is, and it’s pretty simple to follow.
Tire Plant Codes
If you’ve ever looked closely at the sidewall of a tire, you may have noticed a string of numbers and letters stamped into the perimeter. Every tire manufacturer is assigned a tire plant code, which is identified by the first two digits of the DOT code.
With the help of this DOT plant codes list, you can easily identify which city, state, or country the tire was made in.
Every foreign tire manufacturer is required to register with the U.S. government and DOT before selling their products in the states. Making sure that U.S. tire manufacturing standards are upheld across the board is a top priority. Michelin, Pirelli, Continental, Bridgestone, and Yokohama are the top five foreign tire manufacturers with facilities in the U.S. The next time you buy from these brands, check that the DOT is from one of their American locations.
What about trailer tires?
Recently, it’s been up for debate whether there any trailer tires are still manufactured in the US. While it has become increasingly difficult to find them, we’re here to settle the score. The Goodyear Endurance trailer tire fits the bill to a T.
These all-American tires feature a polyester cord body to help smooth out your trailer’s ride and extra rubber is molded into the sidewall to further increase durability by resisting damage from contact with curbs. The symmetric tread design, with closely spaced ribs, provides constant rubber-to-road contact for straight tracking, dependable highway stability and long-lasting wear.
That’s what we call American-made quality.
If you’re searching for tires manufactured in the USA, tires-easy has you covered. Not only do we carry hundreds of Goodyear and Cooper tire models, but we also carry products lines from Gladiator and Velocity as well. Check out tires-easy vast selection of high-quality, mileage warranty tires today at tires-easy.com. Finding your (American-made) tires just got easier.