Bridgestone Commercial Solutions Announces New Firestone DuraLoad PT L5S Bias TireDesigned especially for quarry and mining operations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2013) – Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, introduced its newest addition to the DuraLoad tire line, the Firestone DuraLoad PT L5S bias tire. Designed specifically for severe loader service, the new tire features the same trusted casing construction as the DuraLoad DT and DuraLoad SDT. The Firestone DuraLoad PT L5S tire’s advanced sidewall rib protector technology minimizes sidewall damage, improves cut resistance plus larger footprint design provides longer wear making it perfect for use in the harshest of mining and quarry environments.

“Quarry and mining operations require specially engineered tires to maximize cut resistance in severely rocky conditions,” said Bert Jones, Manager, Product Marketing, TBR, Retread and OTR, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. “The Firestone DuraLoad PT, L5S tire offers the benefits and durability of DuraLoad casing construction, for which the product is known, but in a plain tread design with no lugs. The plain or smooth tread alleviates cuts and puncture damage caused by rocks in the tread voids and is ideal for quarry and mine use in severe rock. This tire is developed to endure these hazards, prolonging life and minimizing down time.”

The tire is offered in both nylon and nylon steel construction in size 45/65-45. Nylon steel construction offers added protection from casing damaging cuts and is good for severe operations. Nylon construction is ideal for loaders operating in environments requiring chains.

The Firestone DuraLoad PT L5S bias tires are now available through authorized Firestone OTR dealers.

About Bridgestone Commercial Solutions:
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, provides tires and services for trucking, construction, mining, aggregates and industrial operations across the Americas. The division manufactures markets and sells medium and heavy duty truck tires for the original equipment and replacement markets in the United States and in Canada through Bridgestone Canada Inc. Bridgestone and Firestone brand truck tires are available through more than 2,500 dealers and truck stops across the U.S. and Canada. Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, Mining offers products and services to the mining industry. In addition, through its Bandag brand, Bandag retreading dealers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise through approximately 1,600 point of sale locations in North America. This combination of new and retread product offering provides customers with total tire solutions.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.