Bridgestone breaks ground in Nashville
Bridgestone Americas Inc. broke ground on Jan. 7, 2015, for a 30-story, more than $200 million headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tenn. Construction will be completed in mid-to-late 2017.
The new facility will house more than 1,700 employees: 1,100 currently in Nashville and 600 new jobs from three out-of-state business units being relocated to the city.
The business units moving to the new headquarters represent tire brands, automotive retail and service operations, commercial roofing and building products and vehicle and equipment air spring technology.
The 514,000-square-foot headquarters building is expected to be Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified at the Gold level and reflect best practices in workplace space design.
The new headquarters will be home to Bridgestone Americas’ corporate staff and supporting functions, as well as Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC; Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC; Firestone Building Products Company, LLC; and Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC.
“Today is an historic day for our company, for Nashville and for Tennessee,” says Gary Garfield, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas. “We proudly call Nashville home and are very eager to welcome our teammates from out-of-state as soon as possible.”
Garfield was joined at the groundbreaking event by city and state officials and Bridgestone executives and team representatives from the employee units to be relocated to Nashville.
Bridgestone says it has outgrown its current leased headquarters facility near the Nashville International Airport.