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Bridgestone Commercial Solutions photo Bridgestone R244 all-position steer radial, for dump trucks and concrete haulers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 3, 2014) — Bridgestone Commercial Solutions has added the Bridgestone R244 all-position steer radial to its portfolio, designed for the demands of dump trucks and concrete mixer truck fleets.

The R244 comes in three sizes in the U.S. and Canada. The 425/65R22.5 is available now and 385/65R22.5 and 445/65R22.5 will be available later this year, Bridgestone said.

The R244 is designed with a wide-base ribbed steer pattern for users who spend a higher percentage of their miles in on-highway use.

"Most dump and concrete trucks spend more time on interstate highways where irregular wear and ride are more important, than off-highway construction sites," says Bert Jones, manager, product marketing, TBR, Retread and OTR, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions.

"Many of our customers, especially in the southwest, expressed an interest in a tire that offered longer wear, a smoother on-highway ride and that performed well on sandy sites. The R244 was designed for them."

Features of the Bridgestone R244 include:

• Rib-type pattern to help deliver a smoother ride; wide base design allows vehicle to haul more

• Special tread compounds to provide resistance to irregular wear, extending life and reducing cost per mile

• Sidewall protector ribs to protect the casing from curbing damage, plus cuts and abrasions. If one side wears away, simply flip the tire over for continued protection.

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