About Kelly Tires

The Kelly-Springfield Tire Company was founded in Springfield, Ohio by Edwin Kelly and Arthur Grant in 1894. Edwin Kelly originally called the company The Rubber Tire Wheel Company because it made rubber carriage wheels. Arthur Grant was issued US patent 554675 for his solid rubber tire in a rim channel. The tire was held on the wheel by two longitudinal wires embedded in the rubber and forming a circle of smaller circumference than the tire. The tire was an instant success because the rubber stayed on the wheel and the compound was of good quality.

The Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1935, is one of the oldest continuously operating tire companies in the nation. The company has the distinction of being the first to develop and manufacture solid rubber tires for carriages and the early automobile.

In 1994 The Kelly-Springfield Tire Company celebrated 100 years. At that time it was the oldest tire company in the United States. In the 1990s, Kelly-Springfield was absorbed by parent company Goodyear and moved its corporate headquarters to Akron, Ohio.

Currently a manufacturer of at least 54 brands of tires for cars, trucks, and farm vehicles, Kelly-Springfield distributes to private dealers and store chains throughout the country. Kelly-Springfield is the country's most important manufacturer of custom brand tires and the world's top producer of farm tires.

On the eve of the 21st century, Kelly Tires has become a large, modern, profitable tire company that manufactures over 50 Kelly-Springfield brands of tires and thousands of custom brand tires. Competition is intense, and Kelly’s parent company, Goodyear, is the only major American tire company that has survived takeover bids from foreign concerns.

The value of the Kelly brand is found in the miles of original tread life and, with proper care, a casing that can be retreaded for additional miles of service. Kelly commercial tires are backed by a nationwide, limited warranty, see retailer for complete details. Available from Kelly dealers and at many truck stops, the Kelly line-up features tires for all types of commercial applications.

Kelly Tires have succeeded in the tire business for over 110 years because they know a lot about tires, and even more about the people who buy them. Kelly Tires understand that drivers are looking for a good deal on a great tire. High quality, long life, a warranty and reasonable price – these are all important features. It’s the kind of tire deal they can expect to find through the network of Kelly Tires Dealers.