By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone tyres South Carolina plant has been awarded a top accolade for its positive environmental impact.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has awarded the Aiken County factory its “Spare the Air” award.
Plant manager John Stewart, said: “We are very proud of this recognition.
“Environmental stewardship and a strong commitment to the community are major initiatives of our facility and of our company, and we ask each teammate at our facility to take a direct role in helping improve our impact on the environment. These steps benefit our neighbors, families and those across the state.”
The factory also is home to an array of other environmentally friendly features and initiatives that include hydrogen-powered forklifts that generate zero emissions, bio-diesel powered maintenance equipment, and 33,000 recently planted longleaf pine seedlings.
Some of the plant’s innovations include the use of cementless technology known as Innovative Tyre Building Technology, which Bridgestone said results in about 60 percent fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs).