NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 26, 2015) – Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today showcased its innovation and achievements in sustainable manufacturing at the “Sustainability in Manufacturing: Sharing Environmental, Energy and Waste Reduction Practices” event hosted by the NCEast Alliance. Held in Wilson, N.C., the event brought together business leaders and manufacturers to highlight efficiency and sustainability programs that reduce the environmental impact of businesses. Michael Darr, Bridgestone Wilson plant manager, shared details of the plant’s achievement of the world’s first Zero Waste to Landfill claim validation from UL Environment (UL) during a panel discussion with other manufacturers.
“Developing and implementing sustainable manufacturing practices is an essential part of doing business today. Important events like this allow Bridgestone and other manufacturers to not only highlight the innovative work we are doing to drive more sustainable manufacturing processes, but to collaborate and share best practices as well,” said Darr. “It is this sort of collaboration and information sharing that ultimately will drive real action in this critical area. We’re proud to be a leader in this important work.”
During the panel discussion, Darr shared the sustainability journey of the Wilson passenger and light truck tire plant, including the 2014 award of the highest claim validation for landfill waste diversion from UL. The Wilson plant is the first facility of any kind to receive this prestigious designation. The plant also earned ISO 50001 certification for superior energy performance, an international standard specifying requirements for industrial Energy Management Systems. Additionally, the plant eliminated volatile organic compounds (VOCs), organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure and are released in the air, by switching from solvent-based parts washers to solvent-free alternatives plant-wide.
In addition to Darr’s participation in the panel event, Bridgestone Director of Environmental Management, Greer Tidwell, offered a Sustainability Workshop, during which attendees explored the details of developing a sustainability plan in a manufacturing setting. Bridgestone also hosted tours of its Wilson plant for attendees.
The environmental mission of Bridgestone is to ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. The company has outlined a long-term environmental vision to build products made from fully renewable and sustainable materials by the year 2050. All of the company’s sustainability initiatives are aligned under the One Team, One Planet sustainability platform. For additional information about the company’s One Team, One Planet environmental activities, or the environmental mission of Bridgestone, visit www.BridgestoneAmericas.com.
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tennessee-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.