Who We Are
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 from Akron 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 world 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.”
In Canada, The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company of Canada was incorporated in 1919. Bridgestone Tire Co. of Canada Ltd was incorporated in 1972. The two companies amalgamated in 1990. In 1993 the Crown tire business was acquired and the Company continued as Bridgestone/Firestone Canada Inc., ultimately changing its name to Bridgestone Canada Inc., now wholly owned by Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
ONE TEAM, ONE PLANET
The Bridgestone Group’s 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, six of our 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 through educational programs in Bridgestone’s network of 2,200 retail stores in the U.S. and otherwise.
We are proud of our commitment to the environment, our achievements and the recognition we’ve received for our environmental efforts. We invite you to read our Environmental Mission Statement and learn about our company-wide efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.