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Union-made tires go with your union-made vehicle

01/06/11

You’ve taken great care to make sure you’ve got a genuine union-made vehicle.

So why not go the extra mile and make sure you’ve got union-made tires underneath that union-made ride? Quality union-made tires in the United States and Canada are made by our brothers and sisters who are United Steelworkers.  

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Buy a union-made tire.
Check the code on the tire to make sure you are buying a union-made product. USW photo/Steve Dietz.
 

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all tires sold in the United States carry a code which shows, among other things, the company and plant that made the tire. The code looks something like this: DOT BE XX XXX XXX

The two symbols (either two letters or a letter and a number) which follow “DOT” indicate the company and the plant where a tire was manufactured.  For example, the above code indicates a tire made by B. F. Goodrich in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  Here’s a list of all unionized tire plants in the United States and Canada and their DOT codes.  By comparing this list to the code on the tire you are buying, you can be certain you are getting a genuine union-made tire.

In addition to company brands, these codes will also appear on “Associate Brand” and “Private Brand” tires manufactured at the above plants. The key, then, to being sure of getting a USW-made tire is the DOT code. Be sure and check it with the list.

Union-made tires on union-built vehicles: It’s where the rubber hits the road.