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Bridgestone's Firestone Dyersburg Facility Welcomed into TDEC's Green Star Partnership

Friday, September 21, 2018 | 09:10am

Bridgestone’s Dyersburg-based Firestone Industrial Products is the latest inductee in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Green Star Partnership for exemplary environmental actions in manufacturing.

The facility’s most recent environmental accomplishment is the monitoring of a new LED-lighting system for usage data and using motion sensors to achieve the most energy efficient settings. The switch has resulted in a 33 percent reduction in the number of light fixtures needed as well as an anticipated annual savings of $65,000 in utility costs.

“The Green Star Partnership is one of TDEC’s most distinguished programs for voluntary sustainable practices,” said Dr. Kendra Abkowitz, TDEC assistant commissioner. “Induction of the Firestone facility in Dyersburg demonstrates their commitment to prevent pollution, protect our environment and grow our economy at the same time.”

Over 99 percent of all generated waste is recycled, including an average of 600,000 pounds of steel per month. Firestone also recycles aluminum, plastic, paper, wood, aerosol cans, copper rings, batteries and scrap metals.

“We are extremely honored to receive this recognition – we have worked hard to carry out Bridgestone’s corporate social responsibility mission called ‘Our Way to Serve,’ in which we are committed to making the communities where we work stronger and healthier for generations to come,” said Dyersburg Plant Manager Mike Kroeger. “This is truly a team effort as we look at ways to be more environmentally responsible. We appreciate the support from TDEC and are honored to set the bar high for Tennessee manufacturers across the state.”

For more information about the Tennessee Green Star Partnership, visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/opsp-policy-and-sustainable-practices/opsp-sustainable-practices/green-star-partnership.html.

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