Bridgestone Americas announced a $12 million investment that will expand production to include popular off-the-road (OTR) tire sizes at its Bloomington, Illinois plant. The plant will produce multiple sizes and patterns in 29, 33 and 35-inch OTR tires, which until now have only been produced by Bridgestone in Japan.
“As an industry leader, Bridgestone is committed to meet the evolving needs of our customers in the OTR segment,” said Bridget Neal, president, off-the-road tires, Bridgestone Americas. “The addition of the three tire sizes to the Bloomington production line combined with our Aiken County, S.C., Off Road Tire Plant, allows us to support North American customers with regional supply of our key products.”
“This investment is about increasing our flexibility to produce high-quality radial or bias tires – whatever our customers demand,” said Monty Greutman, plant manager, Bloomington. “It will allow us to deliver on our global commitment to develop innovative new products that will meet our customers’ needs, but it wouldn’t be possible without the outstanding teammates we have here today – some of whom have worked here for decades.”
The Bloomington, Illinois, plant produces OTR tires for mining and construction applications. The plant team has achieved numerous awards and recognitions, including OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Safety Certification, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association’s Safety and Health Improvement Award, and Illinois American Legion Employer of the Year for Hiring of Veterans. The plant has been an active part of the Bloomington community for decades and invests in many local nonprofit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal and Easter Seals – Central Illinois.