New Technical Center
Bridgestone Commits to Akron
Larry Jewett - May 03, 2012 09:24 AM
Bridgestone Americas recently celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Americas Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. The $100 million facility houses 450 teammates who develop innovative and advanced tire technologies for the company.
“This has been a center of innovation for more than a century. We’ve helped put the world on wheels. Literally, millions of miles have been driven on Bridgestone and Firestone tires designed right here in Akron,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas. “But while we are proud of our past and the history and the heritage of our great company, this 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.”
The new center has been built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold specifications, which means it was designed and constructed to have the highest performance in human and environmental health. A variety of products from the company’s building products division, Firestone Building Products, were used in helping the facility meet these rigid requirements.
“The dedication of the Bridgestone Americas Technical Center reaffirms Akron’s role as a center for innovation in the polymer industry. We are proud to have been home to the Firestone for 112 years with its legacy in auto racing, quality engineered tires and rubber products,” said Akron Mayor don Plusquellic. “I am grateful to Bridgestone for its display of confidence in Akron. We have been pleased to partner with the company in the development of this project as well as the continued growth and development of the Firestone Park neighborhood around the new Bridgestone Americas Technical Center.”
Bridgestone Corporation also has technical centers in Tokyo, Japan and Rome, Italy.