The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced today, Dec. 13, that it has signed an agreement to be a preferred supplier for Blue Bird Corp., one of the premier school bus manufacturers in the United States. Blue Bird school buses will use Goodyear Unisteel G149 RSA and G182 RSD commercial tires. Both tires help deliver even wear, resistance to sidewall damage from curbs and superb traction, Goodyear says.
“We are extremely pleased to have been chosen by this quality school bus manufacturer,” says Mark Totten, general manager of original-equipment commercial tires for Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear. “Blue Bird has an outstanding reputation for building innovative school buses with unmatched reliability. We view this agreement as more than a transaction to supply a customer with a product. The relationship is built upon Goodyear’s ability to supply quality made-in-the-U.S.A. tires, to deliver them when and where needed, and to make sure our role in supplying an important customer adds value to school districts and bus fleets across North America.”
Goodyear commercial tires for the Blue Bird product line will be produced at manufacturing facilities in Danville, Va., and Topeka, Kan. Blue Bird offers a complete line of Type A, C and D school buses in a variety of options and configurations.