The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) inflated a 337-foot-long hangar at its Carson blimp base along the I-405 freeway, the company said.
The new structure will serve as the home of Goodyear´s newest blimp Wingfoot Two, which began operating in Los Angeles in October.
Stretching about as long as a football field, the nine-story hangar is the largest inflatable structure of its kind in North America and will protect the company´s new state-of-the-art blimp from the environmental elements.
The new hangar was manufactured for Goodyear by Lindstrand Technologies Ltd., a world provider of designing and building inflatable structures for uses including passenger airline hangars, airline terminal roofs and on military bases. Lindstrand, based in the United Kingdom, has constructed more than 200 high-tech inflatable structures but is perhaps best known as a lighter-than-air manufacturer of aerostats, airships, gas balloons and tethered balloons.
Goodyear is one of the world´s largest tire companies. It employs about 65,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.