The team was founded by Firestone as an amateur industrial team. Like other industrial teams of the era, the players were company employees with year-round jobs who were not paid for basketball but owed their jobs to their basketball skills. The Non-Skids first competed professionally in the 1932-33 National Basketball League and defeated the Indianapolis Kautskys in the championship game. In 1935, the Non-Skids joined the Midwest Basketball Conference. In 1937, Firestone, General Electric, and Goodyear created the National Basketball League from company-sponsored teams and independent teams. The Non-Skids were NBL champions in 1939 and 1940, defeating the Oshkosh All-Stars both years in the Finals. Following the 1940–1941 season, the Akron Firestone Non-Skids disbanded, leaving the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots as the only NBL team representing Akron.