NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 2, 2009) — Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has named John Stewart plant manager of its Aiken County, S.C., tire plant, replacing Mike Rose, who retired Feb. 1.
Mr. Stewart has an 11-year history working at Aiken County in production control and industrial engineering and has been a group leader in the Automated Continuous Tire Assembly System. He was most recently operations manager at the plant.
Mr. Rose is a 36-year veteran and began his career in production at the company's LaVergne, Tenn., factory. Over the years he assumed roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of final inspection, process engineering and stock preparation.
Mr. Rose will stay on through the end of the month to assist Mr. Stewart with the transition.