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Bridgestone unveils first production tire from Aiken County plant expansion

Today the Bridgestone plant in Aiken County is celebrating a milestone. Company officials and community leaders are celebrating production of the first passenger car radial tires (PSR) and light truck radial tires (LTR) after the $300 million expansion.

Bridgestone executives and influential state and community leaders are giving an update on the progress of Bridgestone's expansion of the PSR/LTR plant, which to date has generated more than 300 jobs and is expected to produce more than 12,750 additional PSR/LTR tires per day. Attendees will view the production and signing of the first set of PSR/LTR tires, as well as a tire curing demonstration.

This is the second phase of a three-part expansion for Bridgestone in Aiken County. The third expansion of this facility is underway. In 2015, off-road radial tires (ORR) will launch into production. When fully completed more than 850 new jobs will be created in the county.

WHERE:         Aiken County PSR Plant

                        1 Bridgestone Parkway

                        Graniteville, SC  29829

WHEN:           April 1, 2013; 2PM


The event will be attended by the following guests and speakers:


  • Ron Matthews, Area 300 GL, Tire Assembly and AGV Demo;
  • John Stewart, Plant Manager
  • The Honorable Roland Smith, South Carolina State Representative and Chair of the Aiken Delegation
  • Tom Young, South Carolina State Senator
  • Greg Ryberg, former South Carolina State Senator
  • The Honorable Ronnie Young, Aiken County Council Chairman
  • The Honorable Lawana McKenszie, Aiken County Council Member
  • The Honorable Don Wells, Aiken County Council Member
  • Will Williams, Economic Development Director
  • Barry Owens, Vice President Manufacturing, Bridgestone Americas
  • Patti James, Vice President of Shared Services, Bridgestone Americas



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