Mar 15, 2017 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.

Firestone Industrial Products Plant Recognized for Safety

Dyersburg TN Firestone plant receives safety award
Jim DeMouy, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Bridgestone Americas

The Volunteer STAR award is a testament to the Dyersburg teammates’ commitment to creating a safe work environment and is a shining example of Firestone’s core commitment to safety first, always.

Jim DeMouy, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Bridgestone Americas

Dyersburg, Tenn., plant receives third Volunteer STAR Award from Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Firestone Industrial Products, manufacturer of the World’s Number One Air SpringTM, today announced that the company’s Dyersburg, Tenn., manufacturing facility has received its third Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award. Firestone Industrial Products is part of Bridgestone Americas, the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips presented the Volunteer STAR award, which recognizes the best-of-the best in safety and health programming and performance, to employees at the Dyersburg plant. Patterned after the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program, the Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health.

“The Volunteer STAR award is a testament to the Dyersburg teammates’ commitment to creating a safe work environment and is a shining example of Firestone’s core commitment to safety first, always,” said Jim DeMouy, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Bridgestone Americas. “Achieving this lofty status for a third time is a testament that from leadership to the plant floor, all teammates embrace safety as a core value. This same value extends to the design, workmanship and production of high-quality air springs.”

There are currently 37 Volunteer STAR sites in Tennessee, including Bridgestone’s Warren County Tire Manufacturing Plant. The standard for participation in the STAR program is the confirmation of a company’s safety and health program, which helps reduce accidents and injuries. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.

"Firestone Industrial Products has met the evaluation standards required to receive this award by proving their ability to uphold an excellent safety record," said Commissioner Phillips. “It is evident Firestone is extremely dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.”

In addition to this latest achievement, the Dyersburg Firestone Industrial Products Plant was the first Bridgestone Americas’ location to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence for zero lost time accidents and up to one restricted duty case.