DES MOINES, Iowa — While confirmed cases of coronavirus rose among employees in May at Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s Firestone agricultural tire plant in Des Moines, production there has "safely" continued, the company said recently.
As of June 10, 34 employees have tested positive for coronavirus. On May 26, there were 24 employees who had tested positive. The company said one of those cases occurred when the plant was shut down March 21-April 13. There were eight cases on May 1.
"The well-being and safety of employees remains the company's most important value," Bridgestone said May 26.
"The Des Moines plant continues to operate on a regular schedule and in alignment with the latest safety protocol guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support a safe and healthy environment for employees."
The Des Moines plant, opened in 1945 by Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., had its first employee test positive for coronavirus April 23. At the time, the company said the employee was in home isolation, and all other employees who may have come into contact with the affected person were asked to self-quarantine and contact a doctor if symptoms arose. The company also went through a deep clean of any areas where the employee may have been.
The Des Moines plant employs around 1,050 and is rated at 4,000 tires a day. Other than saying production was on schedule, the company didn't elaborate on specific current production.