ROANOKE, Texas (Nov. 12)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. will open a new warehouse in Roanoke late next year to serve a 10-state area in the Southwest. The company has contracted a local developer to build a 608,322-sq.-ft. building in the 150,000-acre AllianceTexas industrial development near Roanoke, a town of 3,000 near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The new facility is slated for opening by the fourth quarter of 2002; it will replace two smaller warehouses in nearby Grand Prairie, Bridgestone/Firestone said. The site offers the tire maker close access to several major highways and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe intermodal rail yard, according to Nelson Miller, director of physical distribution for Bridgestone/Firestone. The firm will lease the building for 10 years. Roanoke city officials granted Bridgestone/Firestone $265,000 in economic incentives to locate the warehouse in Roanoke, according to local news reports. The new facility will employ 150 and have a capacity for 750,000 tires. Bridgestone/Firestone also has warehouses in Woodbridge, Ill.; Ontario, Calif.; Allentown, Pa.; Albany, Ga.; and Portland, Ore.