In order to meet consumer demand for truck and bus tires, Bridgestone Americas announced it will invest $36.6 million in its Warren County, Tenn., plant. The investment will boost production to 900 truck and bus tires a day, the company said in a press release.
Bridgestone's planned expansion is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2013, and will create 50 new jobs, the company said.
This is one part of a $1.2 billion investment Bridgestone is making in its U.S. manufacturing operations. The company is also expected to create more than 900 new jobs in the next nine years.
Additional plans for expansion include construction of a new off-road radial tire plant in Aiken County, S.C., and a $75 million investment to expand the Bridgestone Metalpha plant in Clarksville, Tenn., by 123,077 square feet and create an additional 45 jobs. The Clarksville plant will begin producing the off-road radial steel-cord needed for additional tire production.
"With increasing demand in the market, it was time for us to increase capacity to meet the needs of customers seeking world-class Bridgestone and Firestone truck and bus tires," said Kurt Danielson, president of Bridgestone Americas Commercial Solutions in a press release. "The outstanding people and facilities at our Warren County plant, as well as the long-standing partnership we have with the Warren County community and the state of Tennessee, made it the perfect location to make this investment and expand our production."