Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Announces Firestone-Brand Radial All Traction RC Tires

  Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Announces Firestone-Brand Radial All
                              Traction RC Tires

Radial All Traction Row Crop tires designed to carry more load at lower

PR Newswire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 29, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Bridgestone Agricultural Tire,
U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales (BAAG), manufacturer of Firestone-brand
farm tires, announced the launch of Firestone-brand Radial All Traction RC
tires specifically for use on today's high-capacity, self-propelled sprayers.
The Firestone-brand Radial All Traction RC tires are made with AD2 technology,
which allows them to carry more load at lower pressure than conventional
radial sprayer tires.

"The Radial All Traction RC tires are specially designed to address the load
and compaction problems producers face with today's large, self-propelled
spraying equipment," said Tom Rodgers, who directs sales and marketing efforts
for Firestone-brand farm tires. "The specially-designed, wider tread bars on
these tires create an application-specific tread pattern that provides both a
smoother roading at faster speeds, as well as a longer and better-wearing
tire. The AD2 sprayer tires are rated up to 40 m.p.h so producers can get more
done in less time than with standard tires."

The Radial All Traction RC tires are specifically designed to meet the unique
needs of crop protection and fertilizer applicators. Compared to
equivalent-sized standard radial tires, the sprayer tires deliver additional
performance benefits, including:

  oIF- and VF- designations that can carry more load at the same pressure or
    the same load at a lower pressure, resulting in a larger footprint and
    reduced soil compaction
  owider tread bars for improved distribution of ground pressure from the bar
  oa curved bar design for a smoother ride
  o20 percent deeper R-1W tread bars than industry standard vs. R1 tread
    depth – for longer wear and added performance in wet soils

The Firestone brand Radial All Traction RC tires are extensively tested for
durability and performance at the Firestone Farm Tire Test Center in
Columbiana, Ohio. Thanks to Bridgestone's $151 million investment that
provided tire-building capacity as well as the components to successfully
build out the IF and VF sizes, these tires are manufactured at the company's
primary agricultural tire plant in Des Moines, Iowa.

To learn more about the sprayer tires and product offerings, visit

About Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division,
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division (BAAG),
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, is the industry leader in the
manufacturing, marketing, and sale of market-leading Firestone agricultural
tires. BAAG's Des Moines, Iowa, facility is located in the heart of America's
farm belt and supplies approximately half of the agricultural tires consumed
by North American original equipment manufacturers as well as being the
leading agricultural tire supplier in the North American replacement market.
Firestone agricultural tires can be found on farm tractors, planting and
harvesting equipment and other farm implements in North America and around the
world. In addition BAAG markets and sells forestry, ATV and construction
tires. BAAG also operates a testing facility, located in Columbiana, Ohio,
which is the only facility in the world solely dedicated to the development
and testing of agricultural tires.

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a
business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone
Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into
the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations, the
U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses and the U.S. and Canadian
commercial tire businesses. BATO develops, manufactures and markets
Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused
on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger,
light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other
tires to its customers in the Americas. In addition, through its Bridgestone
Bandag Tire Solutions unit, retreading customers have access to
industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales
expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.

SOURCE Bridgestone

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