Bridgestone Americas and parent Bridgestone Corp. have made a combined donation of $100,000 to relief efforts following the floods in the Middle Tennessee region.
Bridgestone Americas donated $50,000 to the Nashville Area Red Cross, while Bridgestone Corp. donated $50,000 through the Clarksville-Montgomery County Red Cross and the Rutherford County Red Cross.
“Our teammates truly sympathize with the tragedy suffered in the Middle Tennessee region,” said Gary Garfield, Bridgestone Americas CEO and president. “We hope our contribution to the Red Cross and our parent company’s generous matching contribution will assist recovery efforts in the Middle Tennessee communities, and help area families impacted by the flood rebuild their lives faster.”
In addition, company employees at the Bridgestone Americas Support Center in Nashville raised more than $5,000 for the Teammate Assistance Fund and dedicated countless volunteer hours to help several co-workers who lost their homes in the flood waters.
The record-breaking flash floods that swept across Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky last week caused water damage and loss of power to Bridgestone’s truck tire manufacturing facility in LaVergne, Tenn. The plant was closed for nearly two days.
The May 1-3 storms dumped more than 17 inches of rain in two days in the Nashville area, leading to a quick rise of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The river crested May 3 at nearly 12 feet above flood stage in Nashville.