Faced with an enormous demand both locally and worldwide, the Bridgestone-Firestone Agricultural Tire Division has grown since its inception in 1945 to occupy a total of 120 acres of manufacturing space in the Cultivation Corridor. Centrally located in the nation’s most productive growing region and at the major transportation intersection of I-80 and I-35, the United States’ flagship tire plant in Des Moines is easily able to service customers nearby and across the nation. Through constant innovation, the Firestone family of tires has become integral to international agriculture, forestry and construction markets and produces around 9,000 tires per day that equate to more than 850,000 pounds of rubber. As modern heavy machinery grows bigger and bigger to accommodate a more productive and demanding economy, Firestone relies on its engineers to design new tires that increase load capacity, durability and traction while simultaneously reducing soil compaction for improved crop yield. Inside the Corridor, engineers at the plant are using nearby resources to their advantage, creating tires that replace petroleum-based oils with oil from locally-grown soybeans to produce a greener tire while investing back into the local economy.
The introduction of Harvey Firestone’s high-quality agricultural tires in 1945 directly contributed to the proliferation of the green revolution in the 20th century. Now, the same plant in Des Moines, Iowa distributes more than 2 million tires each year to 120 countries throughout the world.
Produces 9,000 tires per day with 850,000 pounds of rubber
The United States’ largest agricultural tire manufacturer
Leading supplier of agricultural tires worldwide