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May 30, 2018 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Bridgestone Bloomington Plant achieves “Platinum Level” in Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) announced that its Off-the-Road Tire Plant in Bloomington, Illinois, recently achieved the highest level in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) Certification – Platinum Level for a second consecutive year. This represents a significant milestone for Bridgestone, after the Bloomington Plant received Gold Level in the Caterpillar SQEP Certification for the previous two years.

“We are committed to delivering world-class products to our customers,” said Eugene Johnston, executive director, Original Equipment Manufacturers Global Support, Bridgestone Americas. “This recognition is a reflection of our commitment and a testament to our dedicated employees in our Bloomington Plant, Americas Technical Center, Customer Support and Logistics and Supply Chain Management, all of whom deliver quality and innovation through their work in product, engineering and manufacturing performance, to customers like Caterpillar.”

The SQEP Certification demonstrates the strong values and ethical principles of Bridgestone in conducting business, as well as the company’s commitment to collaborate with Caterpillar to implement a culture for "zero-defects" across the supply chain. Recognition levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, reflected in order of increasing difficulty, distinguish outstanding supplier quality performance.

Caterpillar's SQEP Certification was created to recognize a supplier's dedication to providing superior quality, and only is awarded to suppliers who demonstrate world-class performance on an ongoing basis. Each year, suppliers are evaluated with increasingly strict criteria for distinguishing outstanding supplier quality, exceptional service and shipping performance.

Since 1965, the Bloomington Plant has produced bias and radial off-the-road tires for mining and construction applications. The plant has received numerous awards, including the Illinois American Legion Employer of the Year for hiring veterans and a U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association’s 2017 Improvement Award for achievements in worker safety and health.

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About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:

Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

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