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Founded in 1917 by Charles S. Moomy in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Carlisle Tire and Rubber Company has grown to become one of the largest specialty tire manufacturers, with over 4,000 employees worldwide producing high-quality tires, inner tubes, and wheels for lawnmowers, golf carts, trailers, ATVs, and other specialty vehicles.
Carlisle was originally founded to produce automobile tires and inner tubes for sale through Montgomery Ward, the first mail order catalog. This sales channel allowed Carlisle Tires to grow steadily through the 1920s, until the crash of 1929 and the beginning of the Depression. Falling on hard times, Moomy was forced to turn over all of his stock in Carlisle to the Federal Reserve so as to avoid bankruptcy. As the depression ended and World War II began, Japan cut off 95% of the natural rubber supply from the East Indies, forcing Carlisle to begin manufacturing their tires and inner tubes with synthetic rubber, advancing their process toward modern specialty tire construction.
Carlisle Tire and Rubber Company was eventually sold and reformed as Carlisle Corporation in 1949. The new management began acquiring a diverse variety of other companies, in sectors including roofing materials, electronic products, and brake linings. This business diversification, especially in the rubber roofing and food equipment divisions, grew Carlisle to the point of its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in January, 1978 (NYSE:CSL).
Carlisle's Tire division had tried to compete with the big rubber companies in the automobile tire market for years, but in the 1980s they changed their strategy and being focusing on specialty tires for niche equipment like lawn mowers, trailers, and golf carts. Carlisle chairperson George Dixon was quoted that the company's new resolution was “not to get trampled by the elephants.” Carlisle Tires quickly became known for their quality, performance, and long-lasting value.
In the 1990s, the Tire and Rubber division of Carlisle, which by then was mostly manufacturing specialty tires, relocated to Aiken, South Carolina, where it is still based.
Carlisle manufactures the most comprehensive line of specialty tires and wheels available, and they continually develop new tires to meet new demands. Carlisle is the most common OEM tire brand for lawn and garden vehicle manufacturers, and they recently began offering a new line of innovative radial tires and wheels for ATVs, UTVs, and Side x Sides with their Black Rock series.
We've carried Carlisle Tires for over 20 years, so we know you're choosing a tire you won't regret if you choose Carlisle for your specialty tire needs.
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