Jeremy Gray, Bloomington plant manager, said the facility "holds a very unique and proud connection to the Bloomington community and place within the Bridgestone manufacturing footprint.
"This is a milestone that we are proud to reach thanks to the dedication of so many who have invested in our plant — first and foremost, our employees and retirees, as well as the ongoing support of our customers and the local community and state of Illinois."
Among the achievements at the plant are:
- Recertification as a Star participant as part of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program;
- Gold level in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification;
- Illinois American Legion Employer of the Year for hiring veterans; and
- U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association's 2017 Improvement Award for achievements in worker safety and health.
The plant also participated in Bridgestone Corp.'s global corporate social responsibility commitment and community volunteer projects with several local organizations, including the Children's Home & Aid and McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
"I want to thank all of our Bridgestone employees, past and present, who have contributed to making our Bloomington Tire Plant such a success over the last 55 years," Bridget Neal, president, Off-the-Road Tires, Bridgestone Americas, said.
"As our customer needs have continued to evolve, the resilience, adaptability and quality mindset of our employees in Bloomington remain the pillars of our ability to provide the best-in-class products to each of our customers."
The Bloomington plant is one of two OTR tire factories Bridgestone operates in the U.S. — the other is in Aiken County, S.C. — and seven worldwide: three in Japan, one in Spain and the newest, in Amata City, Thailand, opened in October 2019. .