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Bridgestone Tokyo plant reopens after fire

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The Bridgestone Corp. Tokyo plant is back in production following a temporary shutdown after an Aug. 1, 2011 fire. The fire occurred in the Banbury area of the facility. The plant produces passenger, light truck, medium truck and aircraft tires.

"The plant was shut down immediately following the fire, but resumed operation at 12:30 a.m. on August 4 local time in Tokyo,” says Don Darden, executive director of Communications, Bridgestone Americas Inc. ” The Banbury, where the fire occurred, remains shut down.”

Darden says the company does export passenger and light truck tires from the plant, but any disruption in supply is expected to be minimal. The shutdown should not significantly impact tire dealers in the U.S.

“Additionally, to minimize any supply issues, Bridgestone will compensate through production at our other factories in Japan,” says Darden.

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