NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 21, 2005) — Bridgestone/Firestone Mexico S.A. de C.V. on April 20 celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $220 million tire plant in Monterrey, Mexico.
The factory will be the first outside of Japan to use “BIRD”—or Bridgestone Innovating and Rational Development—Bridgestone Corp.'s automated tire production system. The plant will be operated by a new sister company, Bridgestone Neumaticos de Monterrey S.A. de C.V.
The Monterrey plant will produce high performance, ultra-high performance and large rim diameter passenger and light truck tires, primarily for the North American market. The plant will have a production capacity of about 8,000 tires per day and employ about 200 workers. The facility will be Bridgestone's 49th globally and third in Mexico.