In July 1898, F.A. Seiberling hired Ed Hippensteal to clean up an old strawboard factory in Akron to turn it into the first home of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
Hippensteal and 12 others, including Seiberling, are memorialized in a plaque on the Goodyear clock tower off East Market Street as one of the original 13 employees of Goodyear, all hired before 1900. This coming Monday, Hippensteal's great-grandson, Ed Rueschman, is taking a buyout and will retire from Goodyear after more than 46 years with the world's largest tire maker. Rueschman, like his father, grandfather and namesake great-grandfather, all worked for Goodyear.