Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Expands its AD2 Offering with Cyclical Field Operations for Harvest Tires

 Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Expands its AD2 Offering with Cyclical
                      Field Operations for Harvest Tires

CFO tires specifically designed for the cyclical loads of harvest equipment

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 Cyclical Field Operation
(CFO) Harvest tires, which will be available in late 2013. The CFO tires are
made in the United States and are part of a new class of farm tires with AD2
technology, which is specifically designed to support the cyclical loads of
harvest equipment.

"The CFO tires meet the demands of extreme load cycles during harvest season
so producers can get more work done in less time," said Tom Rodgers, who
directs sales and marketing efforts for Firestone-brand farm tires. "CFO is an
extension of our recently introduced AD2 technology, which allows for
cyclical loading of tires that meet the Tire and Rim industry standard for IF
loading. Our technology will accommodate the ever-increasing loads of both
today's and tomorrow's advanced harvesting equipment, and do so with reduced
ground pressure."

The Firestone-brand CFO tires are specifically engineered with an
IF-designation and, compared to equivalent-sized standard radial tires, the
CFO harvest tires deliver additional performance benefits that include:

  oReduced soil compaction due to an increased deflection and larger
  oImproved traction and added fuel savings due to less time in the field
  oImproved ride with increased sidewall deflection
  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 CFO 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 CFO Harvest 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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