100 million tires from Bridgestone’s Aiken facility
The Aiken County, Tenn., passenger and light truck tire facility of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC (BATO) has produced its 100 millionth tire.
A celebration commemorating the event was attended by Chairman of the Aiken County Council Ronnie Young, State Rep. Roland Smith, BATO’s Vice President of Manufacturing Barry Owens, and Plant Manager John Stewart.
“Our teammates here in Aiken are dedicated to making the best products possible every day,” says Stewart. “It’s a reflection of our company’s global philosophy, which we call the Bridgestone Way.”
The 100 millionth tire was a Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S, one of the company’s premium light truck, SUV and CUV tires. The tire was signed by guests attending the early afternoon event and will be proudly displayed in the plant’s welcome lobby.
The Aiken County facility, maker of both radial passenger and light truck tires, began operations in 1999 and currently employs 95o. In 2011, the company announced two phases of expansion for the plant.