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IN 1870, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich established the B. F. Goodrich Company. It was the first rubber company west of the Allegheny Mountains, and set up headquarters in Akron, Ohio. However, it was in the year of 1969 that B.F. Goodrich received national attention, not for its products and revolutionary inventions, but for a scandal.

On June 18, 1967, the B. F. Goodrich Wheel and Brake Plant in Troy, Ohio, received a contract to supply wheels and brakes for a new air force aircraft. Goodrich proposed a lighter-weight, fourrotor brake instead of the traditional five-disc brake. Before the air force could accept the brake, B. F. Goodrich had to present a report showing that the brake passed specified military qualifying tests. The last two weeks of ...

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