JOLIETTE, Quebec—Bridgestone Canada Inc. plans to build a $45 million automated warehouse in Joliette, adjacent to its passenger and light truck tire plant there, increasing its ability to serve North American customers.
With a maximum storage capacity of 500,000 tires, the new building will use fully automated technology to store tires produced at the Joliette plant. The warehouse is expected to open in early 2020.
This investment builds on an ongoing expansion and modernization of the Joliette plant announced in 2016. This five-year, $250 million project is designed to boost the 51-year-old plant's capacity roughly 18 percent to 20,000 tires per day by 2020, while also shifting its product mix to 18- to 22-inch rim diameter sizes.
"The construction of a highly technological warehouse demonstrates our commitment to use innovative solutions to optimize our operations to better serve our customers," Joliette Plant Manager Robert Verreault said, noting that the investments "underscore Bridgestone's commitment to our team, the Lanaudiere region and all North American customers.