Are Cooper Tires Made in USA?

Cooper Tires is an iconic American brand that dates back to 1914. John F. Schaefer, Claude E. Hart and their brother-in-law, Claude E. Hart, founded Cooper Tires to buy another manufacturing company that made parts and repair kits for tires. One year later, the two bought The Giant Tire & Rubber Company. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1946. Cooper became a publicly traded corporation in 1960.

The conglomerate produces automobiles, light and medium trucks, motorcycles, racing tires, and other types. There are more than 60 facilities around the world, which includes their subsidiaries. Three continents are home to the plants and technical centers. For tires made in USA, the main centers are located in Findlay (Ohio), Melksham in England, and Kunshan in China. Cooper is the 5th largest tire manufacturer in North America, and the 12th largest worldwide.

Are Cooper Tires Made in USA?

The short answer is: maybe.

Cooper is more than just a tire manufacturer; they also research, test and design tires.

Cooper Tires produces its tires in three states, supporting local economies. They have production plants in Findlay (Ohio), Texarkana (Arkansas), and Tulepo (Mississippi). Cooper also owns a plant for making components of tires in Clarksdale (Mississippi).

Findlay, Ohio is also home to the corporate headquarters of the company.

Cooper has many US-made tires, and Cooper also has manufacturing facilities abroad to make tires for those markets. Europe is served by two tire manufacturing facilities in Serbia and the UK; Asia has two facilities in China; and Mexico has a Mexico location.

You can check the DOT stamp on the tire's sidewall to find out if Cooper Tires were made in America. This will give you all the information you need. The plant where the tire was manufactured will be indicated by the first sequence of letters and numbers.

These are the DOT codes that Cooper's American plants use:

  • 3D – Albany, Georgia
  • U9 – Tupelo, Mississippi
  • UP – Findlay, Ohio
  • UT – Texarkana, Arkansas

Cooper Subsidiaries

The company’s sub-brands and their tire type-oriented specializations are:

  • Dick Cepek – off-road tires for trucks, SUVs, 4x4s, etc.
  • Mastercraft Tires – all types of tires from passenger to light truck.
  • Mentor Tires – all-season, winter, summer tires for passenger vehicles.
  • Mickey Thompson tires – racing and high-performance tires for street/off-road use.
  • Roadmaster Tires – commercial tires.
  • Starfire Tires – budget-oriented quality tires.
  • Avon Tyres – all types of tires (for Europe).
  • Dean – commercial truck tires (Asia).