AKRON—For Firestone Racing Akron is, and will always be, home.
The city that saw the launch of the iconic Firestone brand in 1900 still will house its Firestone race tire manufacturing—namely the Firestone Firehawk race tire—for the NTT IndyCar Series in a new factory.
Bridgestone Americas on June 22 christened the $21 million, 80,000-sq.-ft. facility, which involved both new construction and renovations. The manufacturing site, located across the street from one of Bridgestone's three major global R&D centers, features the latest manufacturing technologies to advance the innovation around race tires.
The facility is the first new tire plant to open in Akron in more than 70 years. It will employ 60 and manufacture all of the more than 25,000 Firestone Firehawk race tires Bridgestone supplies each racing season.
Firestone has been the exclusive tire supplier for the premier open-wheel racing series in North America for the past 23 seasons.