Bridgestone Announces $12 million investment in Normal, adding 30 employees
Normal's Bridgestone tire plant, announced today that it will add 30 employees through a $12 million investment in the facility. The hiring process has commenced, as Bridgestone Americas already placed a “now hiring” sign outside.
The plant will produce multiple sizes and patterns in 29, 33 and 35-inch off-road tires. Only Bridgestone America’s plants in Japan have produced the tires.
"The addition of the three tire sizes to the Bloomington production line combined with our Aiken County, S.C., (plant) allows us to support North American customers with regional supply of our key products,” Bridget Neal, President of Bridgestone America’s Commercial Off-The-Road Tire Division, said in a statement.
Currently, the plant manufactures radial and bias tires, used in above-ground coal and oil sand mining. Additionally, the plant conducts other types of heavy industry work, such as construction. Opening as Firestone in 1965, Bridgestone Americas bought the facility in 1994.
The facility expanded with a $19.5 million project in 2013 and a $27.3 million project in 2014. Bridgestone America’s efforts greatly impact Bloomington-Normal, as the plant currently employs 393 people. That number makes the plant the 14th largest employer in McLean County, according to the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council’s 2018 Demographic Profile.