DECATUR, Ill.-The Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. factory in Decatur has begun production of Bridgestone light truck tires for the North American market. The plant-opened by the former Firestone in 1963-already was producing Firestone radial passenger and light truck tires.
The Bridgestone tires being made in Decatur are Duelers in 15-, 16- and 16.5-inch sizes for the replacement market, BFS said.
The company's tire plants in LaVergne and Warren County, Tenn., also produce Bridgestone truck tires. Passenger tires are made in BFS plants in LaVergne, Joliette, Quebec and Wilson, N.C.
Firm ships 500th envelope tester
ATHOL, Mass.-Five years ago, Jerry Southergill took a vacuum pump and control box to the American Retreaders' Association's trade show, showing his envelope testing device to anyone who would listen.
Mr. Southergill, owner of Emerald Equipment, said he recently delivered his 500th unit to the precure retreading industry. Retreaders including Bandag, Oliver and Goodyear offer the device in their equipment lines, he said, and Michelin's retread plant in Greenville, S.C., recently added one.
Sumitomo opens N.C. warehouse
SAN FRANCISCO-In order to provide better use of inventories and improve customer service, Sumitomo Tire (U.S.) said it is opening a warehouse facility in Lincolnton, N.C.
The site will be administrated by Lincolnton-based J.H. Heafner Co. Inc., and will service Sumitomo customers in the eastern U.S.
Sumitomo said it will close its Atlanta warehouse, May 1.
Big O warehouse financing secured
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-Big O Tires Inc. has secured a commitment for permanent financing for the acquisition of its proposed distribution center, to be built this year near Las Vegas.
The financing-to be provided by Key Bank of Wyoming-will allow Englewood-based Big O to draw up to $6.5 million for building completion, other real estate requirements and standard financial contingencies, Big O said.
John B. Adams, Big O executive vice president and CFO, said the distribution center will help reduce costs starting in 1995.
The firm also said it will close its Vacaville, Calif., warehouse near the end of May, relocating to facilities in Ontario, Calif. Management and customer support operations will remain in Vacaville at a new location.