NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 16, 2010)—State agencies and environmental organizations recently honored two Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations facilities and a retired BATO plant manager.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recognized the BATO plant in Wilson, N.C., as an environmental steward. With the honor, the Wilson plant becomes one of just 14 organizations in North Carolina to be named an Environmental Steward.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control awarded BATO's plant in Aiken County, S.C., the 2010 DHEC Earth Day Award for large businesses.
Ron Brooks, recently retired plant manager in Warren County, Tenn., was named Community Servant Leader of the Year at the Waste Management Green Business Summit at Lipscomb University.
Nashville-based BATO said Brooks was honored for his work in leading the implementation of the Bridgestone Environmental Education Classroom & Habitat, a program that provides young people with hands-on environmental education opportunities at the plant. The award also recognized Brooks' efforts with Project Hayride, an initiative that brought 1.5 million pounds of hay to local drought-stricken farmers in the summer of 2007.
His work to establish 10 local free air service stations to help drivers maintain proper tire inflation was also noted. These stations have been used more than 80,000 times since their introduction in late 2007, Bridgestone said.