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Bridgestone celebrates 20-year marriage with Firestone, selects potential site for tech centre

AKRON, Ohio -- Bridgestone has announced it is proposing to build a major state-of-the-art technology centre here.

AKRON, Ohio — Bridgestone has announced it is proposing to build a major state-of-the-art technology centre here.

The plan to build the tech centre first requires board approval as well as some final negotiations with various government bodies. Mark Emkes, chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holdings said that locating the new facility in Akron will keep at least 1,000 jobs in the area.

“We’re pleased we have the framework of an agreement with officials in Akron, Summit County and the state of Ohio that will allow us to stay in Akron and build a first-class technology building,” Emkes said. “We’re working together with Akron, Summit County, the Port Authority and Ohio officials in hopes of getting a final agreement. While we’re excited to have this agreement framework, we still have some work to do before we can break ground.”

Bridgestone is in the process of updating or replacing its nearly 100-year-old technical centre.

Meanwhile, the company is celebrating the 20th anniversary of an alliance between Bridgestone and Firestone.

“This celebration of ‘A Team For 20 Years’ is a chance to reflect on our accomplishments together and to set our sights on continuous improvement and growth for the future,” said Emkes, during celebrations yesterday. “We are one team with one goal: to continue to build on the success of the past 20 years through our two strong brands and our ongoing investment in technology that fosters a culture of innovation and quality. And we will continue the traditions established by our two founders – Shojiro Ishibashi and Harvey Firestone – to give back to the communities we call home. When it comes to the alliance of the Bridgestone and Firestone brands, the best is yet to come.”

Bridgestone purchased Firestone in 1988 for US$2.6 billion, forming the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

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