Bridgestone tire plant celebrates anniversary
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations' (BATO) Warren County, Tenn., facility recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary of producing truck and bus tires.
“Our Warren County co-workers truly embody what it means to live the Bridgestone Way: through a commitment to excellence and through a focus on serving society with superior quality for the products they produce,” said Gary Garfield, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSAM), BATO’s parent company. “This plant has set the standard for all of our manufacturing operations.”
BSAM Chairman Duke Nishiyama and BATO Chairman, CEO and President Eduardo Minardi were part of the celebration, along with other company executives, co-workers, elected officials, family and friends.
As part of the ceremony, the facility officially dedicated its Bridgestone Environmental Education Classroom & Habitat (BEECH) learning pavilion. Since last year, the BEECH wildlife habitat program has provided more than 5,000 young people with environmental education on outdoor nature trails and in an advanced, hands-on classroom. The students learn important lessons about recycling, conservation and the shared responsibility to protect the environment.
Ron Brooks, who recently retired as plant manager, also was recognized with a Senate Joint Resolution on behalf of his service to the people of Tennessee and in honor of his retirement.
The Warren County facility has received more than 40 awards and recognitions for the quality of its products, its operations, and its safety and environmental initiatives.