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Bridgestone Americas to expand OTR production

Bridgestone Americas to expand OTR production

Bridgestone Americas will produce new off-the-road (OTR) tyres sizes at its Bloomington, Ill., plant to support its North American customers with regional supply of  the company’s key products.

The company will invest $12 million to produce multiple sizes and patterns in 29, 33 and 35-inch OTR tyres, which until now have only been produced by Bridgestone in Japan.

“The addition of the three tyre sizes to the Bloomington production line combined with our Aiken County, S.C., Off Road Tire Plant, allows us to support North American customers with regional supply of our key products,” said Bridget Neal, president, off-the-road tires, Bridgestone Americas.

This investment also includes increasing the workforce at the Bloomington plant by 30 employees. The last major investment in the plant was $48 million for a radial and giant loader expansion in 2011 and 2014.

“This investment is about increasing our flexibility to produce high-quality radial or bias tires – whatever our customers demand,” said Monty Greutman, plant manager, Bloomington. “It will allow us to deliver on our global commitment to develop innovative new products that will meet our customers’ needs, but it wouldn’t be possible without the outstanding teammates we have here today – some of whom have worked here for decades.”

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