Joyce Newton, Co-Founder of Hoosier Tire, passes away
Joyce Newton (85), Co-Founder of Hoosier Tire, passed away on January 16, 2018. Joyce, along with her husband Bob Newton, started Hoosier Racing Tire in South Bend, Indiana in 1957. The couple had grown the company into the largest producer of race tyres in the world.
The company owes its success to the vision and lean practices that Bob and Joyce established right from the start. “The thoughts and prayers of Hoosier Tire employees and Distributors are with Joyce’s family,” the company said in a statement.
Joyce’s husband, Bob Newton, passed away in 2012. She continued to lead the company until 2016 when the family sold Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. to Continental Tire. Her desire was to put the ownership in the hands of Continental who could continue to grow the business she loved and provide long-term success.
Bob and Joyce were great supporters of the community in numerous ways. The centrepiece of their giving was Newton Park ‘A Place for Kids’, a state-of-the-art sports complex started in 1999. Additionally, the Newton’s revitalized the old Lakeville High School turning it into a community centre.