Vulcan Aer and Rubber Company
Vulcan Aer and Rubber Company is a corporation based in the North American League since its founding in 1898 (when it was simply Vulcan Rubber Company). Named after the type of rubber invented by Charles Goodyear in 1839, the company initially manufactured and sold rubber tires. Over the decades, it has expanded and is now a multi-billion-pound corporation.
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Vulcan Aer (as it is popularly known) began to build airships during the First Great War. It had by this time acquired several competitors and by 1925 was the largest rubber manufacturing company in the world. Military contracts for airships--especially the massive "Air Carrier" project--helped swell the company to even larger profits through the Second Great War and beyond. Still, the projected profits had been larger because the then Board of Directors had assumed a greater amount of personal automobiles purchased than actually did happen.
Controversies about Vulcan's environmental record resulted in numerous criminal and civil trials during the 1960s and 1970s. The company became a target for the Anti-Snorist Movement, and political pressure prevented the firm from reaching out to Eastern European Countries as well as Russia in the 1980s. Increasingly, it manufactured a line of relatively simple air warships for combatants in various smaller wars in the 1980s and 1990s, at the same time trying to expand its domestic market share with mixed success.