Today, April 12th, Bridgestone Americas Inc. held an opening ceremony for its $100 million state-of-the-art Americas Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.
“While we are proud of our past and the history and heritage of our great company, today is about looking to the future – to writing the next chapter in the story of our organization. And it all starts right here at this new technical center,” declared Gary Garfield, CEO and president, BSAM.
Bridgestone Corp. purchased Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1988, making Akron one of only three technical centers for the company worldwide, the other two being situated in Tokyo, Japan and Rome, Italy. The new center has been built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold specifications, meaning that it was designed and constructed to have the highest performance in human and environmental health.
Although production of car and truck tires was stopped decades ago, both Bridgestone and Goodyear continue to make racecar tires in Akron, Goodyear tires for Nascar and Bridgestone tires for Firestone-brand Indy race series .
“It is vitally important for a city to hang on to what it has, and we’ve been able to do that,” Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic said at the ceremony.