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Bridgestone Invests $60M to Expand Abilene Bandag Plant

The expansion in space provides room for additional equipment and allows operations to move from five days a week to six.

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Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced today an investment of $60 million to expand its Bridgestone Bandag LLC manufacturing plant in Abilene, Texas. The 50,000-square-foot expansion of the Abilene plant is aimed at the growing demand for the company’s tread rubber products, driven by the rapid growth of its retread business. The expansion includes an immediate increase in operational activity by running on six and seven-day production schedules, as well as the construction of new mixing operations at the facility. The mixing operations are expected to be completed and in operation by January 2025. The investment in the facility and the additional days of operations increase the plant’s output by 16 percent, furthering Bridgestone’s commitment to sustainable solutions.

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Bandag is a supplier of retread tires for fleets. Retread tires not only provide fleets an economic benefit, but also are an environmentally responsible way to extend the life of tires in any fleet, Bridgestone says. Since 1957, Bandag has been responsible for keeping approximately 300 million tires out of the waste system, which helps reduce material emissions, water and energy use associated with the production of a new tire. The Bandag retreading process has also saved four billion gallons of oil since it began 50 years ago.

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