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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 25

June 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Monday, June 25th. Most of the time, when we hop into our cars or trucks, we don’t think about our tires — we’ve become so accustomed to them performing for tens of thousands of miles with only checking the air pressure every now and then. This month in 1844 Charles Goodyear received a patent for his discovery that if he removed the sulfur from natural rubber and then heated it, it would remain elastic even when cold. More than 40 years later, Scottish veterinarian John Dunlop developed the balloon tire for a better ride on his bicycle. And in 1910, B.F. Goodrich added carbon to rubber, making tires last longer and also making them black. There are just over 20,000 tire dealers across the U.S., and each year, they sell $29.5 billion worth of tires. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: American Speakers Calendar of Events
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 44132

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).

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