JOLIETTE, Quebec—Bridgestone Canada Inc. plans to expand its Canadian passenger and light truck tire facility in Joliette as part of a five-year investment project.
A subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Inc., the firm anticipates it will spend upwards of $250 million on the multi-phase plant project, which a company spokeswoman said has begun. The first phase is expected to be completed in 2016, she said.
It's one of two large expansion projects that will be going on at the same time for Bridgestone Americas. The other, in Wilson, N.C., will be launched soon.
Information on the number of phases involved in the Joliette project was not released nor did the company say what was involved in some of the phases.
When the project is completed, the facility is expected to be expanded to 1.13 million square feet from its present 1 million square feet. It's not likely the plant's work force will be increased at this time, she said.
However, work generated by the project—such as the addition's construction—”would create jobs in the community,” the spokeswoman said. “Although no jobs will be created at the plant, the project will be a major investment in the more than 1,300 jobs for the long-term viability of the plant.”