Bridgestone on Wednesday announced plans to expand its tire plant in Aiken County and add 122 jobs by 2013.
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. plans to invest $135 million in a 266,000-square-foot expansion at its Graniteville plant off Interstate 20, according to a news release from Gov. Nikki Haley and the Commerce Department.
Plant manager John Stewart said the 13-year-old plant currently employs 932 people directly and contracts with 200 more for warehouse and maintenance services. He said the new skilled jobs will pay well, though he declined to be specific, citing competitive reasons.
It's an economic boost for the entire region because many workers commute from surrounding counties, Stewart said.
Nashville-Tenn.-based Bridgestone expects to start construction later this year, and install equipment in the fall of 2012. Operations should start in spring of 2013.