NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 3)—Bridgestone Metalpha USA will expand annual capacity at its steel cord plant in Clarksville, Tenn., to 58,000 metric tons by early 2006, spending $45 million to do so.
Bridgestone Metalpha, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc., is one of the world's largest producers of steel cord, which is used as a reinforcement in radial tires. The Clarksville facility began operations in 1995.
The expansion calls for 125,000 square feet of space added to the existing 690,000-sq.-ft. factory, and increase production capacity by 6,000 tons, or 11.5 percent. The project will create 35 jobs, Bridgestone Metalpha said.
Construction at the plant in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate Business Park is expected to begin in February with increased production to begin the first quarter of 2006.
The expansion is the company's third in Clarksville, and is expected to bring employment at the facility to 385 and total capital investment to $245 million.