GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (Dec. 11) — Bridgestone/Firestone plans to invest $33 million at its Aiken County tire plant in addition to a $17 million project announced earlier this year.
The South Carolina Department of Commerce said BFS will invest $33 million over four years to add new production equipment and retool existing equipment. In January BFS said it would invest $17 million in a plant upgrade there.
"By investing more than $50 million over five years we are helping to ensure that the Aiken County facility remains competitive in the tire and rubber business for years to come," Steve Brooks, vice president of manufacturing for BFS, said in the state´s statement.
The new project brings the tire maker´s total recent investment in Aiken County to $484 million, a BFS spokesman said.