ERJ staff report (TB)
Des Moines, Iowa - Bridgestone Americas will invest $77 million over three years at its Firestone Des Moines agricultural tyre plant to expand capacity and upgrade manufacturing to meet demand for high-capacity radial farm tyres.
â€œThis investment will allow Firestone to maintain our market position, continue to develop advanced solutions and supply improved tyre technology to the agricultural industry,â€ said Ken Allen, president, agricultural tyre, U.S. & Canada commercial tyre sales division, Bridgestone Americas tyre Operations.
Investments will be made in tyre building, curing and necessary support equipment, Bridgestone said, in part to meet demand for larger-sized tyres being used on more powerful farm equipment. At the same time, though, producers want to minimise ground compaction.
â€œAs farm equipment applications become more specialised, such as the self-propelled sprayer market, we will be in a position to provide tyres that meet the unique demands of these applications,â€ Allen said.
Bridgestone did not comment on the project's impact on employment. The 65-year-old plant counts 1,400 employees. Plant capacity is listed as 12,100 units a day.
From Tire Business (A Crain publication)