NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 20, 2011)—Bridgestone Americas Inc. has promoted Jim Pridgen to president of Firestone Fibers & Textiles Co. L.L.C.
He will be succeeded by Gary Williamson as plant manager at the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Wilson, N.C. facility.
Williamson most recently had the position of operations manager at the BATO Aiken County, S.C., plant.
Pridgen joined the team at the Wilson plant in 1974 as a junior accountant, and then held positions of increasing responsibility. In 2000 Pridgen was promoted to plant manager of the Oklahoma City tire factory and in 2004 to his role as plant manager in Wilson.
Williamson joined Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1980 at the Oklahoma City plant and has held a variety of manufacturing positions. In 2006, he transferred to the Aiken County plant as group leader and in 2009 assumed his most recent role as operations manager at that facility.