Bridgestone Americas is expanding its Warren County, Tennessee commercial truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing facility as part of a three-year, US$40m investment.

The extension of the 28-year-old site is expected to break ground before year end.

“Bridgestone continues to optimise its production operations in order to respond to changing global market trends and increased demand,” said Commercial Manufacturing, Bridgestone Americas executive director, Greg Harris.

“Warren County is one of the company’s most productive operations, and this investment will further improve the plant’s global competitive position by expanding production capacity for TBR tyres.”

The expansion will focus on the addition of 32,000sqft of manufacturing space to accommodate new equipment, which will increase plant capacity by 275 tyres per day, bringing daily production to 9,400 per day by the end of 2020.

“The expansion of our manufacturing operations in Warren County is an important step in our efforts to meet the evolving needs of fleet customers,” said US and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tyre Operations, president, truck, bus and retread tyres, Eric Higgs.

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“In addition to increasing capacity, this investment will improve our capability to deliver next-generation products that help make mobility more efficient.”

The facility shipped its one millionth tyre in 1993, three years after it opened. That same year, the plant produced nearly 2,500 tyres per day. The plant manufactured its 60 millionth tyre in June, 2017.

Expansions and upgrades contributed to additional increases in production to reach the 9,125 tyres currently produced daily.