June 16, 2004

Bridgestone Firestone plant in Joliette, Quebec, turns out 100 millionth tire

Joliette, Quebec – Bridgestone Firestone’s only production plant in Canada, located in Joliette, Quebec, has produced its 100 millionth tire – nearly 40 years after turning out its first.

In celebration of the achievement, the Joliette plant has set up a permanent exhibition on its premises, dedicated to the plant’s milestones. Also, Minardi team Formula One drivers, Zolt Baumgartner and Gianmaria Bruni made a visit to the plant on Monday, following the Canadian Grand Prix, to salute and congratulate the employees.

Production at the Bridgestone Joliette plant has more than quadrupled since the factory opened. In 1965, the plant produced 3,500 tires a day, with 360 employees. Today, with 1,250 employees, it turns out 16,500 tires a day for passenger vehicles, light trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

The types of tires the plant produces daily has increased to 45, from 19, in the last three years to meet the needs of vehicle manufacturers and consumers. Bridgestone has injected $467 million into the plant since its acquisition of Firestone in 1989.

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