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Why did an Akron Rubber company grow cotton in the desert?

Why did an Akron Rubber company grow cotton in the desert?

In 1916, World War I and the boll weevil, created a double whammy crisis for the international rubber industry. From Michelin in France to Goodyear in the United States, rubber manufacturers had to find new sources for Egyptian long-staple cotton that played such an important role in tire making. Eventually replaced by steel in tires, Cotton served as the primary reinforcement for rubber tires through the 1940s.

Goodyear Rubber & Tire sent its senior executive Paul Litchfield to Goodyear ...

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