Cooper gets funding for tire research

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Cooper gets funding for tire research

Findlay Courier – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Thursday that Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. was awarded $1.5 million to develop advanced, fuel-efficient tires.

The U.S. Department of Energy money is meant to help improve the fuel efficiency of the next generation of vehicles produced by the U.S. auto industry.

“Building strong businesses and protecting the environment can go hand-in-hand,” Brown said. “By investing in American manufacturers like Cooper Tire, we can drive a new generation of smart economic growth and energy independence while creating new jobs throughout the manufacturing supply chain.”

Speaking with WFIN’s Gus Sierra on Thursday afternoon, Brown said the money is part of a $175 million grant program.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron received a similar award. The company said it will use the resources to develop and demonstrate an in-tire system for automatically maintaining a set pressure in a commercial truck tire.

Brown has been an advocate for Ohio’s auto industry and supports increased fuel economy standards to increase the competitiveness of American-made vehicles.

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