Bridgestone to create 89 new jobs in Wheatfield
WHEATFIELD, N.Y. — Bridgestone APM, a subsidiary of tire and rubber manufacturing giant Bridgestone Corp., will soon open a new 65,000-square-foot facility in Wheatfield, New York, creating 89 new jobs within the next five years.
The new facility will be built on an 11-acre site in the Niagara County at a cost of $13.6 million. This investment will receive up to $1.2 million in Excelsior tax credits from Empire State Development Corporation in exchange for the job creation and capital investment.
Bridgestone APM Company will use the new plant to produce polyurethane foam used in car seats. Much of the product will be exported to Canada for its automotive market.
“This new facility will create jobs and bring private investment and economic opportunity throughout the region,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I am proud to welcome Bridgestone APM to Niagara and I look forward to seeing the manufacturing sector continue to thrive in Western New York for years to come.”
The facility, located in Vantage International Point industrial park on Inducon Parkway, is projected to be an investment of $6.5 million for the Western New York developer, the Montante Group. BAPM will lease the building from the Montante Group and expects to invest an additional $7.1 million in machinery and equipment to create 89 new jobs within 5 years.
“I can’t think of a better place than Niagara County for a world-renowned company, like Bridgestone, to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. Western New York’s revival and proximity to Canada was a distinct advantage in beating other states that were vigorously competing for the new facility and the dozens of jobs it will bring,” said ESD President and CEO Howard Zemsky.
Operations at the new facility are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017. Full production is projected to be online in the June to August timeframe of the same year.
Bridgestone APM Company is an anti-vibration products, energy absorption pads, interior cushions automotive parts manufacturer and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation located in Tokyo, Japan. Bridgestone APM Company has been in business since 1987.
Bridgestone is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in more than 150 nations and territories around the world.
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Source: The State of New York