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August 9, 2021 1:30 PM, EDT

Bridgestone Breaks Ground on Expansion of Kentucky Air Springs Plant

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear was on hand for the announcement of the expansion. (Bridgestone Americas)

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Bridgestone Americas broke ground on a $51 million expansion to its air springs production facility in Williamsburg, Ky., the company said recently. 

The Firestone Industrial Products air springs production facility expansion is aimed at meeting growing demand for air springs products by the electric vehicle sector. The expansion will add 68,000 square feet to the facility and is expected to be completed by December 2022.



“We celebrate the vitality and growth of this plant and this community, with new investment, new jobs and a physical expansion driven by growing demand for our products and, just as fundamentally, by this team’s commitment to delivering innovation and superior quality for our customers here and around the world,” Firestone Industrial Products President Emily Poladian said.

Emily Poladian

Poladian

Williamsburg Plant employees and Bridgestone leadership were joined in the event by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and other political dignitaries.

“As we continue to build a better Kentucky for all of our families, I want to thank Firestone Industrial Products for its partnership with Whitley County, the eastern Kentucky region and the commonwealth as a whole,” Beshear said. “This company has been a dedicated corporate partner in the commonwealth for many years, and this investment shows Firestone’s commitment to Kentucky.”

Bridgestone said the expansion will add 250 jobs.

Firestone Industrial Products designs, tests and manufactures components for air suspensions. It operates a second plant where air springs are assembled in Dyersburg, Tenn. — Transport Topics

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