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Bridgestone/Firestone Americas Holding Inc. has shuffled several top personnel in its Quality Assurance organization and its Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire (BFNT)LLC manufacturing group.

Stephen Brooks, current plant manager at BFNT's Aiken, S.C., factory, has been promoted to vice president, Quality Assurance; he replaces Robert Wyant, who retires on Jan. 1.

Meanwhile, Bridgestone/Firestone has promoted Michael Rose to general manager of the Aiken plant, a newly created position; he currently serves as group leader at the facility, which can produce up to 24,000 passenger and light truck tires a day at full capacity, according to Modern Tire Dealer research.

Brooks' replacement at Aiken has not yet been named.

Kazz Nishigashi, current plant manager of bus and truck tire operations at BFNT's Warren County, Tenn., plant, will replace Harry McMillan as manager of the tiremaker's Wilson City, N.C., facility when the latter retires March 1, 2002.

Dennis Ringgenberg will replace Nishigashi as Warren County plant manager; he most recently has served BFNT as plant manager at the company's Decatur, Ill., factory, which closed earlier this month.

BFNT's Wilson plant can make more than 46,000 passenger tires a day at full throttle, according to MTD statistics.

Its Warren County factory manufactures 7,500 truck tires a day at top capacity.

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