Company leaders from both Firestone and LeTourneau Technologies Inc. celebrated the 75th anniversary of the relationship between the two entities at The Reserve in Longview, Texas. The companies’ partnership is the longest relationship between manufacturer and supplier in the earthmoving tire industry.
The commemorative event featured a ceremonial video honoring the men who made it possible: Harvey Firestone and R.G. LeTourneau. The video revisits the history of LeTourneau’s advancements in modern earthmoving technology, Firestone’s inventive tire manufacturing methods and the forces eventually joining together to revolutionize earthmoving equipment, according to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
“Every great turning point in this nation’s past 75 years has included our companies,” said Shawn Rasey, president of Bridgestone Americas Off Road. “We were there when the roads were built expanding travel to the west; we were there to help rebuild Europe and expand mining into the American west’s coal fields; we were there providing the machines and tires in South Americas’ mineral rich mountains and Canada’s Gold reserves. LeTourneau and Bridgestone have contributed more to the development and expansion of today’s mining industry than nearly any other two companies, and it’s been that way for 75 years.”