NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 18, 2001) — Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has canceled its annual Bizcon meeting for commercial tire dealers, citing the need to “better serve America and our economy” by servicing trucking fleets in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
In a letter signed by BFS Chairman John Lampe, Chuck Ramsey, president of Commercial Tire, and Singh Ahluwalia, vice president of commercial sales, the tire maker said it would reschedule the meeting, originally slated for Sept. 26-28 in New Orleans, for March or April of 2002.
“None of us will ever forget the horrible tragedy that unfolded before our eyes on Sept. 11th,” the letter from BFS executives stated. “All of us at Bridgestone/Firestone share with you our deepest concerns and sympathies for all Americans whose lives have forever been altered by the loss of their loved ones to the evil which has attacked America. Our prayers are with the families of the victims. We will always remember the inspiration and bravery demonstrated by those Americas who lost their lives in the selfless protection of others.
“Our President has asked America to 'go back to work.' And that is what we will do at Bridgestone/Firestone. However, we're going to do more than that. We're going to work harder than ever before, because now more than ever before, America needs its trucks moving, as it prepares to do whatever is necessary to end the evil which has now taken so many innocent lives in America.”
A BFS spokeswoman said the company did ask dealers if they still wanted to travel and hold the meeting after last week's tragedy.