ANCASTER, Ontario ― Bridgestone Canada Inc. has opened a warehouse in Ancaster — about seven miles west of Hamilton — that the tire maker said will increase its ability to serve Canadian tire dealers and customers.
The $48-million dollar warehouse, which has a maximum storage capacity of 570,000 tires, will service Bridgestone customers in Eastern Canada.
The investment is in addition to Bridgestone's 2018 announcement that it is building an automated warehouse at its Canadian passenger and light truck tire manufacturing facility in Joliette, Québec. Bridgestone said the Joliette facility, which will cost $45 million, "will enhance the operational excellence of the plant" in addition to serving North American customers.
Brad Blizzard, vice president, Logistics Operations and Product Delivery of Bridgestone Americas Inc., thanked Ancaster city officials, "as well as our Bridgestone employees, who worked diligently through the COVID-19 pandemic to complete this important initiative."
Bridgestone Canada is part Bridgestone Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp.
Riccardo Cichi, president and chief sales officer North America, Bridgestone Americas, said the investment in the supply chain "will further strengthen our distribution footprint in Canada allowing us to better deliver the high-value-added products our customers want and need.
"With its location and increased capability to house tires onsite, the new distribution center will improve our ability to better serve our customers with the right tires in the right place at the right time," he said.