NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 15, 2012)—Workers at the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations L.L.C. Aiken County, S.C., passenger and light truck tire plant rolled out the facility's 100 millionth tire on Valentine's Day.
That milestone called for a celebration, which was attended by Ronnie Young, chairman of the Aiken County Council, State Rep. Roland Smith, Barry Owens, BATO's vice president of manufacturing, Plant Manager John Stewart, along with employees and community guests.
“Our teammates here in Aiken are dedicated to making the best products possible every day,” Stewart said. “It's a reflection of our company's global philosophy, which we call the Bridgestone Way. We have upheld the same commitment to excellence now for 100 million tires, and we plan to do the same for 100 million more.”
The 100 millionth tire—a Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S sport-utility and CUV tire—was signed by guests attending the event and will be displayed in the factory's welcome lobby.
The Aiken County plant, which began operations in 1999, employs 950. Last year BATO announced two phases of expansion for the plant representing an increase to a total capacity of 37,750 tires per day or 13.4 million tires annually. The first production tire is projected to be produced in the expansion areas during the second quarter of 2013.