Bridgestone Opens New Plant To Build Firestone INDYCAR Tires

Bridgestone Americas celebrated June 22 the grand opening of its new Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) in Akron, Ohio. Home to 60 expert tire builders and manufacturing professionals, the ATPC will manufacture all Firestone Firehawk race tires for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The new ATPC continues a legacy of tire manufacturing in Akron that began with the founding of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1900. Bridgestone invested more than $21 million to build its new home for race tire production, which includes both new construction and the redevelopment of an existing structure. Designed for more efficient and sustainable race tire production, the new ATPC uses 60 percent less energy than the company’s previous race tire manufacturing facility. Each season, more than 25,000 Firestone Firehawk race tires made in Akron are supplied to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

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