Apr 13, 2017 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Firestone Ag Recognized for Outstanding Leadership and Management Practices

2017 Iowa Recognition for Performance award winners
Tony Orlando, president, Firestone Ag, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

This outstanding achievement is a testament to our commitment to providing our customers with innovative, durable products, manufactured at a world-class operation.

Tony Orlando, president, Firestone Ag, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Business receives Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Gold Leadership Award

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. today announced the company’s Firestone Ag tire business and manufacturing operation, based in Des Moines, Iowa (Firestone Ag), was honored at the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence (IRPE) conference. Firestone Ag is the recipient of a 2016 Gold Leadership Award, the highest recognition an organization can receive from IRPE. Firestone Ag is the first and only business recipient with manufacturing operations in Iowa to be recognized at the Gold level.

The IRPE is administered by the Iowa Quality Center and honors organizations that meet a rigorous assessment in the following areas: leadership, strategic planning, customer relationships, data and knowledge management, workforce training and operations. The IRPE uses the Baldrige framework, globally recognized as the most rigorous framework in the world.

“This outstanding achievement is a testament to our commitment to providing our customers with innovative, durable products, manufactured at a world-class operation,” said Tony Orlando, president, Firestone Ag, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “We are on a journey of continuous improvement, and this award proves we are optimizing our operations and getting better year after year.”

This is the fifth year Firestone Ag has been recognized by the IRPE, but it is the first time the business has received the Gold Leadership Award. Previously, the business received a Bronze Leadership Award (2012) and three Silver Leadership Awards (2013, 2014, 2015)

This achievement is a testament to the quality and durability of Firestone Ag tires, which are backed by an industry-leading warranty. To learn more about Firestone Ag products, click here.

For more information about the IRPE awards, click here.