WOODRIDGE, Ill.-In an effort to improve efficiency, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. is building a 550,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and distribution center in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge that will consolidate the company's two Chicago-area warehouse operations in Addison and Plainfield, Ill. Because the older, smaller warehouses had a number of the same customers, the new one will eliminate the ``doubling of efforts'' and make it easier to track shipments, a company spokeswoman said.
The Addison center covers 260,000 square feet while the Plainfield unit is slightly larger at 270,000 square feet. Scheduled to be completed mid next year, the Woodridge warehouse will increase the firm's storage space by about 20,000 square feet.
The company declined to reveal the cost of the project.
BFS owns the Addison warehouse and plans to sell it once the Woodridge site is completed. The company is leasing the Plainfield warehouse and will not renew the lease agreement, it said.
The 40 workers employed at the Addison and Plainfield centers have been given the opportunity to work at the Woodridge warehouse.
The new unit will store and distribute passenger, light truck, medium truck and agriculture tires, as well as automotive parts for the company's retail stores.
The warehouse will service Bridgestone/Firestone's manufacturing plants in Des Moines, Iowa; Decatur, Ill.; LaVergne and Warren County, Tenn.; Wilson, N.C.; and Oklahoma City.