NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas is donating $100,000 to support relief efforts in Nashville and middle Tennessee where tornadoes destroyed hundreds of houses and buildings March 3.
The tornadoes and severe storms left a swath of destruction and killed at least 24 people in a four-county area in and around Nashville., a city that is home to the U.S. headquarters of Bridgestone Americas, Hankook Tire America Corp. and Nokian Tyres P.L.C.
None of the tire makers reported damage to their facilities.
At least one tire dealership was severely damaged: Main Street Tires & Auto Service in East Nashville, which posted on its Facebook page, March 3, that it had to close due to storm damage to its facility.
"Our shop got damaged pretty bad. Thanks for all the people that helped and for the people who try to help. We are out of business until we get the shop back as soon as we can," according to the Facebook post.
In the immediate aftermath of the tornadoes, Nashville Mayor John Cooper declared a State of Emergency, a move he said better supports area residents in their recovery.
"This executive order and State of Emergency declaration is a critical resource that will help facilitate Metro's response and recovery efforts on behalf of all Nashvillians affected by this morning's devastating storm," Cooper said in a statement. "My administration is committed to matching the courage and strength of spirit shown by the tornado survivors I met with this morning, who serve as an example to us all. With solidarity, we begin the path forward to recovery."