Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A Plant Receives Commissioner's Award Third Year in a Row

Teammates work more than 800,000 man hours without a lost time injury

Clarksville, Tenn. (October 18, 2007) - Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A was recognized by the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development and Commissioner James Neeley today for completing its third consecutive year without a lost time injury.

Commissioner Neeley awarded teammates with the Commissioner's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and congratulated Plant Manager Jeff Perry on a job well done. Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A in Clarksville manufactures steel cord for tires and employs approximately 400 people. Teammates at the facility have now worked more than 800,000 man hours without a lost time injury.

"Bridgestone Metalpha has earned this particular workplace safety award for the third straight year, showing an earnest, continued commitment to safety concerns. Meeting the requirements for this award three years in a row is quite a noteworthy achievement," said Commissioner Neeley. He presented the Commissioner's Award of Excellence to Jeff Perry who accepted on behalf of Bridgestone Metalpha today at the company's facility located at 570 International Blvd. in Clarksville.

The Commissioner's Award honors Tennessee employers and their employees who together have achieved a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost workday case and have maintained total injury and illness incidence rates below the national average. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.

"We are honored and proud to receive this award for the third year in a row. We take the safety and health of our teammates very seriously and this recognition from the state of Tennessee and Commissioner Neeley attests to that commitment," said Plant Manager Jeff Perry.

"To receive the Commissioner's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety for the third year in a row is a terrific achievement. It is gratifying to know we have a team of individuals in who are committed to being team players. Without the dedication and commitment to safety by our entire team at all levels, this accomplishment would not be possible," said Bill French, Health and Safety Coordinator at Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A.

About Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A. Inc.:

Bridgestone Metalpha, is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. BMU is a world class producer of steel cord for tires and employs approximately 400 team members at its Clarksville, Tenn., facility, the only facility in the United States. The Clarksville facility celebrated is 10th year of operation in April of 2006.

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