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BFNAT Announces $17 Million Investment in Aiken Plant

(Akron/Tire Review) Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire (BFNAT) announced that it will invest $17 million in its Aiken County, S.C., plant during a ceremony commemorating the 50 millionth tire produced there.

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Mark Emkes, chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc., and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford attended the ceremony.

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BFNAT will add a fourth rubber mixer to the facility as well as modify five existing tire-building machines to produce large wheel diameter tires. Total investment in the plant now stands at roughly $477 million, according to BFNAT.

The Aiken County facility produces passenger and light truck tires and has 923 employees. It began operations in 1999.
 
“I am honored to be here to celebrate this milestone with the great team at our Aiken County facility,” said Emkes. “This multi-million dollar investment is an exciting step for our company. It is also evidence of our strong commitment to the Aiken County community and our promise to continue to improve quality, processes and systems in order to meet the needs of our consumers.”

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