DES MOINES, Iowa — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has confirmed that an employee at the company's Des Moines agricultural tire plant has tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a statement to Tire Business, the company said it received confirmation of the positive COVID-19 test on April 23, and the employee is in isolation at home.
"We remain in contact with the employee and all employees at the facility to provide clear direction and ensure their safety regarding this matter," the company said.
Bridgestone restarted production April 13 at its North American commercial tire plants — including the Des Moines plant — as well as its North American Firestone Industrial Products and Firestone Building Products factories.
The Des Moines plant was opened in 1945 by Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. At last report, it employed 1,050 and was rated at 4,000 tires a day.