NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has christened Bridgestone Tower, its $200 million, 514,000-sq.-ft., 30-story North American headquarters in downtown Nashville.
The building will house more than 1,700 employees.
Among the dignitaries at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting, held Dec. 13, were Masaaki Tsuya, Bridgestone Corp. CEO and representative executive officer.; Gordon Knapp, Bridgestone Americas president and CEO; Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; Nashville Mayor Megan Barry; and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty.
Mr. Knapp called it a "historic day," admiring the facility as part of the Nashville skyline.
"This effort was only made possible due to the tremendous support we have from Nashville city leadership and Tennessee state leadership, and the Nashville community," Mr. Knapp said. "Additionally, through the relentless work of our teammates and partners, Bridgestone Tower has come to life."
Bridgestone also celebrated the naming of honorary Bridgestone Drive, the street in front of Bridgestone Tower. The street is located at 4th Avenue South, between Korean Veterans Boulevard and Broadway, marked by six street signs.