WILSON, N.C. (March 9, 2016) — Company and political dignitaries were on hand today as Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations broke ground on the five-year, $164 million expansion of its tire plant in Wilson.
“Today is a momentous day for all of us at the Wilson plant and across Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, as we break ground on this important expansion that will allow us to grow our production and manufacturing capabilities to meet the changing needs of our customers,” said Plant Manager Michael Darr.
“We'd like to thank the Wilson community for its support over the last 42 years, and we're excited to begin this next chapter in our plant's history.”
Other Bridgestone executives who joined Mr. Darr at the event included;
- Christine Karbowiak, chief administrative officer, chief risk officer and executive vice president, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.;
- Barry Owens, vice president, manufacturing;
- T.J. Higgins, president, Integrated Consumer Tire Division, U.S. and Canada; and
- Mike Martini, president, original equipment, U.S. and Canada Consumer Tire Sales Division.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Wilson Mayor C. Bruce Rose also attended.