If you’re shopping for quality made-in-America tires and have come across the Cooper brand, you’re probably wondering: are Cooper Tires made in the USA?
The short answer is: maybe.
But Cooper does more than just manufacture its tires in America: they research, test and design them here too.
Cooper Tires manufactures its tires in three different states, supporting local economies. They have production facilities in Findlay, Ohio; Texarkana, Arkansas; and Tulepo, Mississippi. Cooper also operates a facility for producing components of tires in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
The company’s corporate headquarters is also located in Findlay, Ohio.
With many US tires made in the US, Cooper also has manufacturing facilities overseas to produce tires for those markets, with Europe served by tire manufacturing facilities in the UK and Serbia; Asia having two facilities in China; and a Mexico location for Latin America.
The best way to know if your Cooper Tires are made in America is to check the DOT alphanumeric stamp on the sidewall of the tire. This provides all the info you need. One of the first sequences of numbers and letters will indicate the plant the tire is manufactured in.
The DOT codes for Cooper’s American plants are as follows:
- 3D – Albany, Georgia
- U9 – Tupelo, Mississippi
- UP – Findlay, Ohio
- UT – Texarkana, Arkansas
Thanks to feedback from our readers we can report that at least some of the Cooper Tires sold in America are made in Mexico and China. NOTE: If your Cooper tires are not made in America, please leave us a note below and indicate the type of tire purchased and where it was manufactured.
Cooper Tires as a brand dates back to 1914. Founded by brothers-in-law John F. Schaefer and Claude E. Hart went into business together to purchase another manufacturing company that made components and repair kits for tires. A year later the two bough The Giant Tire & Rubber Company. The name Cooper Tire & Rubber Company emerged in 1946 and Cooper became a publicly traded company in 1960.
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Cooper Tires has an annual operating revenue of $2.85 billion dollars and employs 10,500 people worldwide. It’s the 12th largest tire manufacturer in the world and the 5th largest in North America.
Cooper Tires also owns Avon Tyres, which manufactures car and motorcycle tires in Europe.
In addition, Cooper Tires is the parent company of the Mickey Thompson tire brand, which is legendary in the drag racing industry.