NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 6, 2011)—Bridgestone Americas has combined its North American commercial truck tire and OTR tire businesses into one unit, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions Group.
Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions President Kurt Danielson has been named to head the new entity.
Specifically, the action combines the resources of Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions and Off Road Tire, U.S. & Canada Tire Sales.
Shawn Rasey, president of Bridgestone's Off Road Tire, U.S. & Canada Tire Sales unit since October 2008, will become president of the mining group and vice president for OE and government sales for all commercial accounts.
Danielson said the company had some overlaps in its distribution networks and customer bases, so it made sense to look at a more holistic approach.
The realignment will result in the elimination of about 30 jobs—including eight open positions—effective immediately. Most are field sales positions.
The unit will be based in Nashville, where Bridgestone Bandag was relocated just five months ago from Muscatine, Iowa.