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General Tire History

GenCorp came into being on March 29, 1984, when the shareholders of the General Tire & Rubber Company approved the company's proposal for a change of names and the establishment of GenCorp Inc. as the parent holding company.

In the mid-1940s, the U.S. government faced a critical World War II-related tire shortage. More plants were needed and General Tire – like other companies – agreed to help. It selected a Waco, Texas, site for its second U.S. facility.

The General Tire and Rubber Company was founded on Sept. 29, 1915, by William F. O’Neil and his partner, Winfred E. Fouse, as an outgrowth of the Western Tire & Rubber company, a Kansas City concern organized by the two young Akron businessmen.

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