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Bridgestone Americas technical center

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Location: Akron

Year opened: 2012 (*new building opened in 2012; Firestone founded in Akron in 1900)

Number of employees: Fewer than 1,000

Website: www.bridgestoneamericas.com

Capabilities: Computer-aided design; physical tire testing; raw materials/chemical testing; prototype tire production

Projects: OE homologation; replacement market products; consumer tires; commercial tires; off-road, etc.