Bridgestone Americas Inc. is investing $12 million to expand off-the-road tire production at its plant in Bloomington, adding multiple sizes and patterns for 29-, 33- and 35-inch OTR tires.Currently, the tires are manufactured in Japan.
The investment is the largest at the plant, which produces OTR tires for mining and construction applications, since Bridgestone's $48 million expansion of radial and giant loader tires in 2011 and 2014..
"The addition of the three tire sizes to the Bloomington production line, combined with our Aiken County, S.C., off-road tire plant, allows us to support North American customers with regional supply of our key products.""This investment is about increasing our flexibility to produce high-quality radial or bias tires" said Monty Greutman, plant manager at Bloomington.
Last month, Bridgestone Corp. announced that it was investing $28 million in its Puente San Miguel, Spain, factory to support the launch of a line of 24-inch radial truck tires suited for on- and off-road applications.