Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM), the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company, has said its plants will resume operations in alignment with the latest safety protocol guidance from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), beginning the week of May 11. This is the final phase of the company’s restart plan, with the target of all Bridgestone Americas manufacturing facilities operational by the end of May.
The ramp-up of these remaining production facilities will bring all Bridgestone Americas manufacturing locations back into operation.
Bridgestone has emphasized that the well-being and safety of employees remains its most important value.
In late-March, Bridgestone Americas initiated its phased restart plan to support the increasing demands of essential business segments and partners serving those segments. The company’s Bandag retread rubber manufacturing plants in North America resumed operations the week of March 29. On April 13, the company restarted its North American commercial tire plants, North American Firestone Industrial Products and Firestone Building Products manufacturing facilities.
“We remain laser-focused on employee safety at all Bridgestone Americas facilities,” said Paolo Ferrari, CEO and President, Bridgestone Americas. “As our remaining facilities come back online, we will continue to take a measured approach and utilize the latest safety protocols from the CDC as a foundational roadmap to guide our restart activities. Close collaboration with local, state and federal authorities, as well as site leaders throughout all of our operations has been and will continue to be a key component of our success as we bring our teammates back to work,” added Mr Ferrari.
In addition to following the latest CDC guidance, Bridgestone Americas says it has also developed a Return-to-Work Health & Safety Playbook outlining essential measures and protocols that must be followed before production resumes.