Bridgestone Americas, Inc. corporate family (BSA) traces its roots to the establishment of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in August 1900.
It was then that 31-year-old Harvey S. Firestone (1868-1938) started tire production with 12 employees in Akron, Ohio.
Bridgestone Corporation purchased Firestone in 1988 for $2.6 billion, transforming the companies' combined operations into the world's largest tire and rubber company. The operation in the Americas was renamed to Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. (BFS), and became the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone.
In an effort to enhance its core business units and to address its customers' needs and wants, the company today does business in the Americas under a holding company structure in which Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) owns several operating units and subsidiaries:
- Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC is the company's Latin American tire operations and the U.S. and Canadian consumer and commercial tire businesses. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC sells tires for passenger, light truck, truck, bus, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and kart applications.
- Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS) unit, retreading customers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.
- Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) is a sister company to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, which consists of a family of more than 2,000 company-owned vehicle service and tire locations across the United States.
- Firestone Diversified Products, LLC (FSDP) consists of building and industrial products, natural rubber, and industrial fibers and textiles businesses.
Tires are the largest part of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. business, accounting for approximately 70 percent of annual revenues. The company sells more than 8,000 different types and sizes of tires - from a 13-foot-tall giant radial for earthmoving equipment, to a kart tire that stands only 10 inches high. Other quality products include building and industrial materials, natural rubber, and industrial fibers and textiles. Today, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. consists of an international family of enterprises with 52 production facilities and 50,000 teammates.