Oct 27, 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn.
Bridgestone Wilson Plant Reaches 400-Millionth Tire Milestone
This milestone speaks to the commitment, dedication and diligence of each and every one of our current and retired teammates who put their heart, soul and elbow grease into their work every day at this plant.
Michael Darr, plant manager of the Wilson facility
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (Bridgestone) today announced that the company’s Wilson County, N.C., manufacturing plant has produced its 400 millionth tire since its establishment in 1974.
On Oct. 21, 2015, the passenger and light truck tire manufacturing plant achieved this milestone just more than a year and a half after celebrating its 40-year anniversary in the Wilson community. The award-winning plant, which produces more than 32,000 passenger tires each day, still has the first tire it produced and will put it on display in the plant alongside the 400-millionth tire.
“This is a very special occasion for all of us and a remarkable accomplishment,” said Michael Darr, plant manager of the Wilson facility. “This milestone speaks to the commitment, dedication and diligence of each and every one of our current and retired teammates who put their heart, soul and elbow grease into their work every day at this plant. Every one of them should be proud of their contributions to this impressive achievement.”
During the past 40 years, the Wilson plant has been at the forefront of tire innovation. The Wilson plant manufactures seven rim sizes and, in 2006, was the first Bridgestone facility in the United States to produce run-flat tires. These tires originally were developed by the Bridgestone Technical Center in Japan and then re-developed for production in the Wilson plant by Bridgestone Americas’ Akron Technical Center engineers. Today, the plant is advancing the latest generation of Bridgestone DriveGuard run-flat tires.
The plant also has received numerous accolades in recent years for its community and environmental efforts, including earning certification earlier this year as a Rising Star facility from the North Carolina Department of Labor. The Rising Star Program is part of North Carolina’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) Carolina Star Program, which is similar to the federal government’s OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). With respect to its environmental efforts, the Bridgestone Wilson Plant received three Green Factory Environmental Achievement Recognitions at Honda’s 22nd annual Environmental, Safety and Ergonomics Symposium last year. In addition, it was the first tire plant to earn ISO 50001 certification, reach Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Mature Pathway certification and achieve Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) landfill waste diversion claim validation for Zero Waste to Landfill.
To learn more about Bridgestone, and the Wilson, N.C. plant, visit www.bridgestoneamericas.com.