AKRON — As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Goodyear has refurbished and relit the iconic sign over its former world headquarters.
Goodyear collaborated with The Well CDC, a nonprofit focused on Akron's Middlebury neighborhood where the former headquarters is located, to revitalize the sign that now shines over Goodyear Hall. The sign hadn't been operational in nearly 10 years.
The sign was dedicated on Aug. 10 at the Well CDC's Imagine the Future celebration ceremony, held at the Goodyear Theater. Several dignitaries were scheduled to attend the event.
Proceeds from funds raised at the event will benefit the non-profit's economic and housing initiatives.
The sign has "has served as both a Goodyear and Akron icon" and symbolizes the company's roots in the neighborhood, Goodyear said.
"This project shines a light on Goodyear's continued commitment to invest in Akron and in the communities where we live and work," Laura Duda, senior vice president and chief communications officer, said. "We are thankful to work together with great community partners like The Well CDC to support the neighborhood that Goodyear has called home for the past 125 years."
"The Well CDC invests in people through the built environment. What better way to imagine the future of our community then by partnering with Goodyear to invest in our place and relight this iconic Akron landmark. We hope this sign can be a symbol in the Middlebury neighborhood, and all over Akron, that we have a place worth investing in and fighting for," The Well Executive Director Zac Kohl said.
Goodyear will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Aug. 29. The world's No. 3 tire maker in sales, according to Tire Business data, moved its global headquarters about a mile south to Innovation Way in east Akron in 2013 from the East Market Street location.
"The iconic Goodyear sign is synonymous with the city of Akron," Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said. "To see it lit up again in celebration of the company's long-standing commitment to this city is a special moment for all who call Akron home.
"I look forward to many more years of Goodyear's partnership and impact in Akron."