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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 23, 2005
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FIRESTONE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS FACILITY RECEIVES GOVERNOR’S AWARD
COMPANY WORKED TWO YEARS WITHOUT A LOST TIME OR RESTRICTED DUTY CASE

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that the Firestone Industrial Products (FSIP) facility in Dyersburg was chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health.

The Governor’s Award honors Tennessee employers and employees who meet a required number of hours during a calendar year without workplace injuries serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work or restrict his normal job activities. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.

“The evaluation criteria for the Governor's Award are demanding," said Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen who presented the award today at the Dyersburg facility. "Achieving the required level of safety shows Firestone Industrial Products is strongly committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. It's a tribute to the company that its employees work to sustain such a notable safety record."

FSIP is the air spring business unit of BFS Diversified Products, LLC (BFDP) and specializes in air suspension technology (air springs and their control systems). FSIP has engineering and research facilities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Japan and has manufacturing plants in the United States, Brazil and Poland. The company has worked since April 2003 without a lost time or restricted duty case.

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Safety Awards Program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety. The program recognizes manufacturing and construction firms throughout the state that achieve and maintain a safe and healthful workplace.

The Dyersburg facility held a weeklong celebration in anticipation of this award and today welcomed Mark Emkes, chairman and CEO, Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. (BSAH), and Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT), and Mike Cerio, president, FSIP, as they accepted this recognition.

“On behalf of the entire Bridgestone Americas corporate family, I congratulate the Dyersburg team on this accomplishment,” said Emkes. “Our company’s team approach to safety makes this award possible. Our teammates implement our programs every day in our plants, and we are extremely proud of the Dyersburg team for earning this recognition.”

To obtain an application or additional information on the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) Safety Awards Program, contact the safety grant manager in Nashville at (800) 325-9901 or (615) 741- 5281 .

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