Bridgestone and Firestone care deeply about our communities, and we remain committed to being a dependable service provider and neighbor now more than ever. Given the current environment, Bridgestone Americas, the parent company of the Firestone and Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO), has been supporting essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis in a variety of ways. Learn how we’re going the extra mile to support the fight against COVID-19!
Making Personal Protective Equipment
The Bridgestone Americas Technical Center in Akron, Ohio has been repurposing teams and technology to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for local medical workers in Northeast Ohio. Using the company’s prototyping technology and their own personal 3D printers, teammates designed – and are now producing – face shields that meet necessary medical standards.
These face shields are easy to clean and reuse due to their plastic construction and cover a larger portion of the face than standard masks. Currently, the PPE shields made by the Bridgestone team in Ohio are going to front-line workers at hospitals and medical facilities in Akron and the surrounding communities.
Keeping Essential Workers on the Road
Even though COVID-19 has brought many businesses to a halt, essential workers need to remain mobilized, and Bridgestone Retail Operations is helping to keep these essential employees moving nationwide.
Our retail tire and automotive service centers have remained open to keep essential workers on the road and goods moving. With strict safety and sanitation measures in place, our nationwide network of more than 2,200 tire and car care centers under the Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus, and Wheel Works brands are playing an important role in helping essential motorists around the country stay on the road. If you need an essential service or repair, call your local Firestone Complete Auto Care to learn about contact-free services and curbside drop-off near you.
Continuing Partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Bridgestone Retail Operations recently announced it will donate $840,000 to support Boys & Girls Clubs across the country with their COVID-19 relief efforts. The contribution comes from all customer donations collected in Q1 2020 across Bridgestone’s network of 2,200+ tire and automotive service centers.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s COVID-19 relief fund is dedicated to providing staff, youth, families, and communities the resources they need to navigate the challenges of the ongoing health pandemic. Many Boys & Girls Clubs are offering critical services, like emergency childcare for essential workers, meals for children who rely on school lunches, and virtual learning opportunities. The donation from Bridgestone will help ensure that Clubs can continue serving their communities during these times.