Wilson Welcomes Bridgestone Expansion to Aiken County

Sep 21, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced it will continue to build its presence in South Carolina with another commitment to expand operations in Aiken County. The $1.2 billion investment will create 850 jobs, expand current facilities by 474,000 feet, and include the construction of a brand new 1.5 million square foot manufacturing facility in Aiken County: 

“This is the second time in less than three months Bridgestone has announced it will be making large investments in its manufacturing operations in the Palmetto State. Bridgestone’s commitment to not only expand but also build a brand new state-of-the art facility in Aiken County speaks volumes as to the abilities of the workforce in South Carolina. Additional investments like these prove yet again why South Carolina is an ideal location for many large scale job creators to operate.

“I would like to thank the efforts made by the leadership of Bridgestone Americas Inc. in partnership with local and state officials to make this a reality. The work of Bobby Hitt, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce, along with Fred Humes, Director Emeritus of Economic Development Partnership, David Jameson, President of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, and John Stewart, of Bridgestone Americas Inc., should not be overlooked. This announcement shows that local leaders play an instrumental role in bringing jobs to our communities.”