So you want to support American jobs while shopping? That’s great! But sometimes finding products made in America can be difficult, especially when it comes to tires and other car parts. There are so many brands and budget brands that it can be hard to tell where they come from! And the brand names aren’t always helpful in figuring it out.
There are some ways you can tell, though. Sometimes they make it easy and the tire will have a Made in stamp right on the side! The rest of the time it’s not so simple. You can look at the first pair of letters & numbers in the DOT code and that’s the code for the manufacturing plant. Unfortunately, there’s no set standard that means “USA.” Instead, each plant has its own code. You either have to know the code you’re looking for or check it against a list to figure it out. So, to make things easier for you, we’ve put together this handy list of brands made right here in America:
The following brands aren’t just made here, they were born here. Founded in the USA (some of them right along with the first cars), these companies have been American from the start. What’s more, they haven’t been purchased by (or merged with) foreign companies.
Founded in the 1890s in Ohio, Goodyear has manufacturing facilities all over the world. They have 17 manufacturing facilities in the US, as well as countless tire and auto service centers. They make everything from passenger and light truck tires to racing tires.
US DOT Codes: M6, MB, MC, MD, MJ, MK, MM, PJ, MN, MP, PL
Sub-Brands: Kelly Springfield, Dunlop, Douglas
While they may not be as well known as some other brands, Cooper is actually the fifth largest tire manufacturer in the US. They’ve been around since 1914 (although they didn’t get their current name until the 40s), and they’ve now spread worldwide. They make everything from car and truck tires to racing and even motorcycle tires.
US DOT Codes: 3D, U9, UP, UT
Sub-Brands: Dick Cepek, Mastercraft, Mentor, Mickey Thompson, Roadmaster, Starfire
While they only make racing tires, Hoosier is still an American company, operating primarily out of Indiana, where they began.
US DOT Codes: J7
Check Hoosier official website to find out more and see the tires they are offering.
Made in the USA
These may not be American companies, but they are American made. Some of them are even American companies that were purchased by (or merged with) international companies. But, with plants scattered across the country, they all made the call to manufacture here rather than just importing their product.
Although the company is Japanese, Bridgestone is a major American producer. This isn’t surprising when you consider they’re the largest tire manufacturer in the world outside of Lego (Yes, that Lego). Since their purchase of Firestone in the 80s, their US manufacturing has only grown. They make everything from bike and motorcycle tires, car tires and off-road tires, to commercial and truck tires.
US DOT Codes: 0B, W2, Y2, 1C, HY, 2C, 4D, 5D, 2M, 3M, 7X, 8X, 9X, 8B, VE, YE, YU, D2, E3, W1, Y7, YD
Michelin is a French company that moved into US manufacturing sometime in the 1950s. They’re one of the most well-regarded brands in the country, making quality products and spearheading various tire innovations. They make everything from bike, motorcycle and car tires to tires for planes and farm equipment in their 19 US facilities.
US DOT Codes: 4M, M3, B6, B7, B9
Sub-Brands: BFGoodrich, Riken, Tiger, Uniroyal, Kleber, Kormoran
Pirelli is an Italian company founded in the 1870s. They make car, truck and SUV tires as well as prestige and racing tires and tires for classic cars. Aside from just manufacturing, they also own several distribution centers.
US DOT Codes: CH, CK, JR
Sub-Brands: Armstrong Tire
Continental is a German based company who started expanding into the US in the 1980s after they purchased General Tire and Rubber Co. Aside from making various automobile tires (car, truck, etc.) and bike and motorcycle tires, they’re also a manufacturer of auto parts.
US DOT Codes: 6B, A3, A9, AC, AD, VY
Sub-Brands: General Tire and Rubber Co.
Another Japanese company, Yokohama expanded to the US in the late 1960s. Although they’re the smallest non-specialty brand on this list, they’re the eighth largest tire manufacturer in the world. They have 2 US plants: one in Virginia and the other (which opened in 2015) in Mississippi. They manufacture car, truck, commercial, off-road and high performance tires.
US DOT Codes: CC
Well, there you have it! The next time you need an upgrade for your tires, feel free to check out this list! You can also check out our other blogs for more helpful information!