NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 30, 2005) — Bridgestone/Firestone's synthetic rubber plant in Lake Charles, La., is still off-stream following Hurricane Rita, and the company's tire plants have made some production adjustments.
A BFS spokeswoman said the tire maker has made tire production adjustments to cover the most needed tire lines, but she said the adjustments so far have not been on a major scale. BFS also has shipped some existing inventory from its synthetic rubber plant that was produced before the storm. The plant is without power, though BFS is working to get alternative sources of energy into the plant to restart before the area's power grid is fixed, the spokeswoman said.
As for the tire plants, the spokeswoman said BFS is evaluating the raw materials situation daily.
“(Outside suppliers are) still out too,” she said. “We're working off those inventories. We'll have to go day to day to see how additional adjustments may or may not have to be made.”