ERJ staff report (DS)
Nashville, Tennessee - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (Bridgestone Americas) announced today it has begun construction on a $19.5 million expansion project at its Bloomington, Illinois Off-The-Road (OTR) plant.
The investment in Bloomington follows a September 2011 announcement by the company of a $1.3 billion investment in tyre plants in Aiken County, South Carolina; Warren County, Tennessee; and Des Moines, Iowa; as well as an expansion by Bridgestone Americas' parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, at its steel cord plant in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Expected to be completed in mid-2013 at a cost of $19.5 million, which will mostly be spent on new machinery, the additional capacity will go primarily to the production of tyres used in heavy industry. The plant expansion is expected to result in at least 40 new jobs.
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Press release from Bridgestone US