Bus and truck tire plant marks 20 years of award-winning production

Jan. 1, 2020
Bridgestone?s Warren County, Tenn., truck and bus tire factory is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Bridgestone’s Warren County, Tenn., truck and bus tire factory is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“Our Warren County co-workers truly embody what it means to live the Bridgestone Way: Through a commitment to excellence and through a focus on serving society with superior quality for the products they produce,” says President and CEO Gary Garfield. “This plant has set the standard for all of our manufacturing operations.”

“We are very proud of the team in Warren County both for their teamwork in making high-quality tires and in setting the standard in our industry for safety and environmental performance,” says Eduardo Minardi, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Congratulations to everyone at the Warren County facility for 20 successful years; we know the plant will reach even more milestones in the future.”

As part of the ceremonies, the plant officially dedicated its Bridgestone Environmental Education Classroom & Habitat (BEECH) learning pavilion. Since last year, the program has provided more than 5,000 young people with environmental education on outdoor nature trails and in an advanced, hands-on classroom. The students learn about recycling, conservation and the shared responsibility to protect the environment.

“I am extremely proud to have spent my career working for Bridgestone Americas, a company whose passion for excellence is not only applied to its products and services, but also transcends into the very heart of the communities where our businesses are located through a variety of donations and resources that benefit the lives of the citizens who reside there,” says Ron Brooks, who recently retired as plant manager.

“Bridgestone Americas’ ongoing commitment to world-class technology and our teammates’ ongoing commitment to be world leaders in safety, quality and productivity while going above and beyond to dedicate their time and resources to help their fellow man through a variety of local community initiatives, sets us apart from all others,” adds Brooks.

In addition to celebrating the facility’s milestone, Brooks was also recognized with a Senate Joint Resolution on behalf of his service to the people of Tennessee and in honor of his retirement.

“We thought it was important for the state to recognize Ron for his contributions to the city, county and state,” says State Senator Eric Stewart. “On behalf of all of the elected officials attending today’s 20th anniversary celebration, we’re happy we were able to present the Senate Joint Resolution to such a well-deserving person.”

The plant has received more than 40 awards and recognitions for the quality of its products, its operations, and its safety and environmental initiatives. In 2008, the Warren County facility became LEED certified by the U. S. Green Building Council. This recognition is rarely given to existing manufacturing facilities – it is one of only two LEED-certified tire plants in the world; the other tire plant is Bridgestone’s Aiken County, S.C. car and light truck tire factory. The Warren County plant has also been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency, Tennessee’s governor, the National Wildlife Council, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Board of Education and the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.

For more information, visit www.bridgestone-firestone.com.

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