Bridgestone-Firestone is an outstanding company, famous for making their Bridgestone tires. They have won various awards for their tires and are known around the world for their tractor and car tires. They have a huge plant in Bloomington-Normal that produces and ships tires to well-known car and tractor dealerships.


The very first Bridgestone tyre was produced on April 9, 1930, by the Japanese "Tabi" Socks Tyre Division One year later on March 1, 1931, the founder, Shojiro Ishibashi, made the "Tabi" Socks Tyre Division independent and established the Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. "Bridgestone" was named after the name of the founder, Shojiro Ishibashi.Foregoing dependence on European and North America technology, the Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. set its eyes on manufacturing tyres based solely on Japanese technology. The foundling company experienced many difficulties in the areas of technology, production and sales in the early days. Eventually, improvements were achieved in quality and manufacturing processes which led to the business rapidly expanding on both the domestic and overseas markets.

The Bloomington-Normal Bridgestone plant was founded in 1950's. Its main purpose is to manufacture and sell off-road tires, but the factory does also make racing and road tires.

How They Do It

Bridgestone has been making tires for over 80 years, and continue to make their world known nylon tires which changed the way tires were made. Bridgestone uses a