The two-year, $17.3 million project concluded in February and boasts numerous updates and additions to the 49-year-old Akron Data Center, which houses Bridgestone Americas’ core IT systems.
Prior to the renovation, Bridgestone data systems were spread out over five other locations. The renovation allowed for the systems to be relocated to one centralized venue, which simplifies operations and offers more reliability and virtualization. The 10,000-square-foot data center floor features an environmentally friendly cooling system, which allows Bridgestone to reduce its mechanical cooling usage. The building also allows for a more robust disaster recovery plan.
It is home to approximately 80 IT employees and 60 print shop employees. The center remained fully operational throughtout construction.
The Akron Data Center was established in 1968. Each month, it operates and monitors more than 800,000 computer programs that run virtually all the company's systems such as imvoicing, retail and product modeling.
Employees, community guests, local government officials and members of the Bridgestone Americas Executive Leadership Team were on hand to celebrate this milestone and reinforce their commitment to the Akron community.
“Bridgestone Americas is proud to call Akron an important home for our teammates and I am delighted to be here for the official Data Center grand re-opening,” said Bill Thompson, chief operating officer of Bridgestone Americas.
This project marks the second investment in the Akron community within a year by Bridgestone Americas. In December 2016, it announced a two-year lease extension of the Bridgestone Advanced Technology Workshop manufacturing facility. That extension keeps more than 50 jobs in Akron through 2020.
See MTD Editor Bob Ulrich's blog on the event, "Why Bridgestone Had to Spend $17.3 Million in Akron, Ohio," by clicking here.