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Bridgestone announces new investments in Des Moines ag tire plant

On June 7, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations announced it was investing another $74 million for capacity expansion at its Des Moines, Iowa agricultural tire plant. This is the tire company’s main North American plant for ag tires, and the announcement follows a $77 million investment announced in March 2010. The upgrades are expected to be completed in 2013.

“Enhancements to the Des Moines facility will allow us to grow our market position, develop advanced solutions and deliver the most innovative tyre technology available to the agricultural industry,” said Ken Allen, president, Agricultural Tire, US & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division, Bridgestone Americas.

The Des Moines facility has been in operation since the mid 1940s and employs 1,673 people. In addition to manufacturing Firestone-brand agricultural tires, the plant also produces tires for the forestry and construction equipment markets.

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