Cooper tires generally receive good ratings, particularly for the lightweight class of trucks. Cooper is an American company and its headquarters is in Ohio. Cooper is among the top 10 tire manufacturers in the world, according to Consumer Reports.
Cooper was established as an independent tire manufacturer in 1914 by brothers-in-law John F. Schaefer and Claude E. Hart. The duo purchased M and M Manufacturing Company, a rubber manufacturing company, and began creating rubber replacement tires and repair kits. In the 1940s, the company changed its name to Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, which was eventually shortened to Cooper Tire. Production expanded, and the company now holds the title of fourth largest tire manufacturing company in the United States and ranks 11th in the world.
Cooper produces numerous brands of tires, including Avon, Mastercraft and Starfire. The company makes tires for passenger cars and lightweight trucks in North America, but focuses on truck and bus tires in Asia. There are numerous types of tires available for consumers which fit the needs of different cars, driving conditions and performance goals. Options within the categories of tires for cars include all-season, performance and winter tires, while truck tires also include all-season, along with winter and all-terrain.