NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 27, 2003) — Bridgestone/Firestone (BFS) marked the official opening recently of its new distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn., by donating tires to the local fire department and county emergency services.
During the Oct. 24 ceremony, BFS donated 30 tires each to the Lebanon Fire Department and the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency at the urging three BFS employees who worked with the county agency to establish the first Community Emergency Response Team. By working with the agency, the employees learned of the fire department's need for tires, BFS said.
More than 100 guests attended the grand opening ceremony at the leased 750,000-sq.-ft. distribution center. It is the last of BFS's new centralized warehouses that replaced older centers. The tire maker moved from about 18 small centers to seven large warehouses. The Lebanon site will serve customers in the mid-South. The company said the new location allows it to expand and centralize its distribution network, as well as reach a customer base that spans the South.
The facility—the tire maker's largest—can hold more than a million tires from small passenger tires to industrial and off-the-road tires. More than 200 employees work at the center, which took over distribution from BFS facilities in Memphis, Tenn., and Lawrenceville, Ga., among others.