Bridgestone to Showcase the Advantages of Retreads with New Industry-Wide Initiative


The Fleets We Depend On campaign spotlights the fleets we all depend on most – from fire departments to first responders to school districts – and their daily reliance on retreads to get the job done. The campaign serves as a reminder that retreads are a reliable solution for our everyday heroes and fleets in any field. As a business of Bridgestone dedicated to the research, development and manufacturing of premium retreads, Bandag recognizes that retreads play a critical role in everyday operations of these fleets and is dedicated to engineering a product that delivers safe and reliable performance to keep our communities moving.

“Bridgestone is committed to making mobility more efficient,” said Eric Higgs, president, truck, bus and retread tires, U.S. & Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). “While most large fleets already use retreads, we recognized a real opportunity to better inform small- and mid-sized fleets on the benefits that choosing Bandag can bring to their businesses. We are on a mission to showcase how retreads add value to a comprehensive tire management program.”

The Fleets We Depend On campaign includes:

  • Fleets We Depend On Roadshow –Inclusive of 27 industry, dealer and Bridgestone location stops across North America, the roadshow will run through July 2019. Cities on the tour include Atlanta; Nashville; Phoenix; Indianapolis; Akron, Ohio; Orlando, Florida and Elizabeth, New Jersey, among others. Within the roadshow display and activation, fleets from across the country will have an inside look at the retreading process, participate in retread trivia and hear from experts on optimal Bridgestone tire casing and Bandag retread combinations that are designed to work together to maximize performance. The roadshow will also feature the opportunity for fleets to tell their unique stories in a testimonial booth and nominate themselves for the Fleets We Depend On Award.
  • Fleets We Depend On Award, presented by Bandag – A platform to recognize fleets we depend on most in the U.S. This inaugural award will spotlight the reliable iniduals and fleets who keep the country moving and make an impact in their local communities. Extraordinary fleets and iniduals can be nominated through the Bandag website or at different roadshow stops in North America. The winner will be announced in September and will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a matching donation to a 501(c)(3) organization of their choice.

“The fleets that we depend on every day are the ones who keep our communities up and running safely and efficiently,” said LaTres Jarrett, director of marketing, Bandag, U.S. and Canada, BATO. “Without them, our children wouldn’t get to school, and our communities wouldn’t be protected. We created the Fleets We Depend On award to shine a spotlight on those who make our communities better, safer places to live, work and play – all while relying on retreads to get the job done.”

To learn more about the Fleets We Depend On Award, the roadshow stops and more, please visit or stop by booth #3605 at TMC.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, the company is dedicated to improving the way people live, work, move and play in all of the communities it calls home.



SOURCE Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

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