Bridgestone Americas traces its roots to two distinguished companies: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, founded by Harvey Firestone in Akron, Ohio in August 1900, and the Bridgestone Tire Company Ltd., founded by Shojiro Ishibashi in Japan in 1931.
The two companies merged in 1988 when Bridgestone Corporation purchased Firestone for $2.6 billion, transforming the companies’ combined operations into the world’s largest tire and rubber company. As part of its integration with Bridgestone’s existing U.S. operations, Bridgestone/Firestone moved its headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992.
Today, Bridgestone Americas consists of an international family of enterprises, with 52 production facilities and more than 50,000 employees throughout the Americas.
Bridgestone Americas remains committed to being a global leader in tire technology, providing world-class customer service and being an outstanding corporate citizen in the communities in which we live and work. The company’s culture and mission remains rooted in the words of founder Shojiro Ishibashi, who said Bridgestone is dedicated to “serving society with superior quality.”
ONE TEAM, ONE PLANET
The Bridgestone environmental mission is to help ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. We believe that “we are all in this together” – One Team, One Planet – and that every business has a part to play and a responsibility to uphold. This commitment to a more sustainable society is evident in our mission’s three main objectives:
1. Be in harmony with nature
We have taken on the responsibility of contributing to biodiversity protection through habitat enhancement on the land we own, leading environmental education programs and promoting environmental research for innovation in our products at our research and development facilities.
2. Value natural resources
We continually work to decrease the amount of natural resources required for our products and processes through operational improvements and our product designs. We also continue to decrease the amount of waste we generate. For example, three of our tire manufacturing facilities have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status.
3. Reduce our CO2 and other significant emissions
We continually work to reduce our emissions, not only in our direct footprint, but also within the lifecycle of our products. Our corporate goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% before 2020. We have invested our time and money in our value chain in many innovative partnerships, including the EPA’s SmartWay program. Likewise, we have invested greatly in educating consumers on how they can conserve fuel and lengthen the useful life of their tires and vehicles.
IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE: DRIVEGUARD
DriveGuard run-flat tires are available for coupes, sedans and wagons. What’s really special about these tires is that they’re specifically engineered to take a punch (or more accurately, a puncture) and keep you cruising along for up to 50 miles at maximum speeds up to 50 miles per hour. The Bridgestone DriveGuard is a premium all season touring tire engineered to allow you to drive up to 50 miles to a safe place on a flat.
1) Performance Tires Engineered for Extreme Grip
For drivers who want the most out of their sports car or performance vehicle, Potenza performance tires deliver better control, responsiveness, and improved handling.
2) There’s Never A Good Time For A Flat
Bridgestone DriveGuard run-flat touring tires are engineered to be extra tough so they can take a puncture and keep you moving for up to 50 miles. Good thing for Will Arnett, because he doesn’t have a second to spare.
3) Take a Sunday Drive Into Monday
Bridgestone Turanza touring tires are ideal for drivers who want a smooth driving experience. Discover how peaceful your drive can be when your tires absorb road noise in both wet and dry conditions.
4) Tires Engineered To Save On Fuel
Ken Jeong isn’t a fan of gas stations. Fortunately, Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus fuel-efficient tires are engineered to enhance fuel economy, allowing him to go an extra 20 miles per tank.
5) Tough Enough For Terrance
The Bridgestone Dueler tires on Terrance Knighton’s ride are Bridgestone's toughest SUV tires. And with an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, these light truck tires give this strong and hungry NFL lineman plenty of durability to make it to the grocery store.
6) Drive With Cold Confidence
When it comes to driving in winter weather, having the right snow tires matters. Watch the video to see how Bridgestone Blizzak premium winter tires are designed to deliver optimal snow and ice performance.