It's official - Goodyear has moved. The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning for its new headquarters off Innovation Way in Akron.
The new building will serve as the central campus in Akron and as the headquarters for the company’s global operations and its North American tire business. It will connect with Goodyear’s existing Innovation Center.
Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear's chairman and CEO, said the new headquarters represents more than just a building.
"It represents the culmination of what we've been working towards, not only physically in the building, but how we're going to transform our company," said Kramer.
The company spent more than 100 years at its previous location off East Market Street.
Kramer says the new campus will attract innovative workers and ideas.
"What you need to attract those people is to have a work environment that is conducive to collaboration and what it takes to drive that innovation going forward," said Kramer.
In attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.
"I was born and raised in Akron. So, when I think about Akron, I think about Goodyear," said Taylor. "When I think about Goodyear, I think about Akron."
Plusquellic spoke about Goodyear's iconic presence in the city.
"This new headquarters is a strong symbol of Goodyear's continuing presence in Northeast Ohio," said Plusquellic. "As if the blimp isn't enough by itself."