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Bridgestone initiatives will create 850 jobs

Sep 22, 2011 12:02:00 AM - thestate.com
Aiken County landed the biggest corporate capital investment in state history Wednesday when tire maker Bridgestone Americas announced plans to put $1.2 billion into a new plant to make off-road radial tires and an expansion of its existing passenger tire manufacturing facility.

With those plans will come more than 850 new jobs in both construction and manufacturing, the company said, with construction on both the expansion and the new plant set to start next month.

“This is a partnership together to help the local economy, help the state and help our business all at the same time. So, it’s a great day for all of us,” said Gary Garfield, vice president and senior officer of Bridgestone Corp. and CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas.

The announcement Wednesday also marked Bridgestone Corp.’s largest single investment in U.S. manufacturing, a company official said.

“Previously, large and ultra-large off-road radial tires had been produced by Bridgestone exclusively in Japan,” Garfield said. “This new Aiken County off-road plant will be the only facility in the world outside of Japan where we will produce these highly sophisticated, highly technology-driven tires.”

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