AKRON — Goodyear is considering building new corporate headquarters on a several-acre plot of land south of its existing technical center in east Akron, provided adequate support from local, state and federal sources can be arranged, Akron Mayor Donald Plusquellic said.
Goodyear is not actively looking for a new headquarters location, according to Executive Vice President Joe Gingo, who said nonetheless he was tasked several months ago to look at the situation- Goodyear´s existing corporate headquarters is housed in a converted 80-year-old, five-floor tire factory-and come up with parameters for a new facility to house the tire maker´s headquarters staff of 3,000.
"Our outdated facilities are not conducive to effective and efficient business in today´s standards," Gingo said at an April 11 news conference held at the company´s technical center. Trying to keep the existing headquarters updated technologically was a "logistics mess," he said. The headquarters was last renovated in 1973.
Goodyear didn´t discuss details of how big or expensive a new headquarters would be, but said the existing structure has about 800,000 square feet of usable space and a new building would cost "in the millions."