Lawton’s Goodyear tire plant has received Oklahoma’s prestigious Partners for Progress Award from the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers. Presenters at the Oklahoma City ceremony cited Goodyear’s deep and sustainable partnership with Great Plains Technology Center and Oklahoma Career Tech as well as its front line leadership to community improvement.

“Goodyear associates have literally donated tens of millions of dollars to improve Lawton-Ft. Sill”, said Dr. Tom Thomas, Great Plains Technology Center superintendent.  He specifically recognized Goodyear as the top annual contributor to the local United Way campaign for more than three decades.

Dr. Thomas also noted Goodyear’s commitment to elevating awareness among students of the great career opportunities within the manufacturing industry by making available plant tours and presentations and by providing mentors to Great Plains and other local schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) efforts.  “They are terrific supporters of and believers in public education”, he said.

Great Plains Technology Center’s strategic partnership with Lawton Goodyear began even before the first tire was produced 36 years ago—as Goodyear used the technology center’s campus for pre-production operations.  Deep and sustainable are two adjectives that may best describe the partnership.  Great Plains has provided ongoing maintenance technician classes plus training in supervisory management, leadership, safety and firefighting.

Dr. Thomas and Brent Copeland, Lawton Goodyear plant manager agree on the vitality of the partnership.  Copeland was gracious in receiving the award.  He said, “I believe the best days of our partnership and making even more astounding progress are ahead of us.”GreatPlains_Goodyear