Bridgestone Americas announced its Wilson, North Carolina, passenger tire plant received a General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award for 2016. This is the fifth year GM Global Supplier Quality & Development will be presenting this prestigious recognition award.
“At Bridgestone, we are committed to working with GM to provide the highest quality products and solutions that reflect our combined focus on performance, sustainability and innovation. We are honored to be recognized by GM for the delivery of high quality products that meet the dynamic needs of the driving public,” said Michael Darr, Wilson Plant Manager, Bridgestone Americas. “We are proud of the Wilson team that has achieved numerous safety awards, in addition to this prestigious recognition.”
The Wilson plant is one of many Bridgestone manufacturing facilities that consistently produce high-quality products for customers. Wilson has been a leader in tire manufacturing innovation during its 43-year history. It was one of the first Bridgestone plants to produce DriveGuard run-flat tires, the first full line of premium, all season replacement tires engineered to go up to 50 miles* to safety after a puncture.
Wilson is currently undergoing a major expansion, with Bridgestone planning to invest up to $344 million in the facility over the next 10 years. This multi-phase expansion will allow Wilson to meet global demand for high value added (HVA) tires, as well as improve quality and productivity while reducing costs. The project will add manufacturing space to accommodate new tire assembly machines, materials handling systems, curing presses and associated equipment. This new space will enable the Wilson plant to potentially increase plant capacity by up to 3,000 tires per day, which, if fully realized, could bring daily production at the Wilson plant to 35,000 tires by 2018. In addition to its critical role in the Bridgestone Americas manufacturing group, the Wilson plant is the single largest industrial employer in Wilson County, North Carolina.