May 21, 2002

Bridgestone/Firestone wins environmental award from Honda

Joliette, Quebec – Bridgestone/Firestone’s plant in Joliette, Quebec was one of four Bridgestone/Firestone plants honoured at a ceremony in LaVergne, Tennessee yesterday with an Environmental Recognition Award from Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.

Carl Coe, staff engineer of Honda of America Manufacturing, presented the Honda Environmental Recognition Award, which acknowledges excellence in environmental management, to representatives of the four BFNT facilities that manufacture tires Honda uses as original equipment on its vehicles. Along with the Joliette tire facility, the company’s LaVergne, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Wilson, N.C.; plants also received the environmental recognition award. Each of these plants is certified under QS 9000 and ISO 14001, which are international standards requiring continuous improvement in quality and environmental management.

Since 1989, Bridgestone/Firestone has invested over $275 million to maintain and enhance the Joliette plant’s leading edge technology. 1060 people are employed at the 1,014,852 square foot facility located in the Lanaudiere region of Quebec, producing 100,000 tires a week.

“Bridgestone/Firestone is honoured that a world-class automotive manufacturer such as Honda..has recognized Bridgestone/Firestone for our efforts to work toward a better environment and care for the communities in which we live and work,” said Tim Bent, Bridgestone/Firestone’s director of environmental affairs for North America.

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