50 Years of Bandag in Abilene

Bandag Abilene

Bridgestone Americas’ Bandag retread plant in Abilene, Texas recently celebrated 50 years of operations.

50th Anniversary for Abilene Plant

The Abilene Plant began manufacturing in 1971 and continues to play a vital role in the local community today by employing more than 170 people.

“This is a milestone that we are proud to reach thanks to the dedication of so many who have invested in our plant – first and foremost, our employees and retirees, as well as the ongoing support of our customers who know and expect the best tread rubber from Bandag, the local community, and the state of Texas,” said Tom Cunningham, plant manager, Abilene Plant, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC.

The 200,000 square-foot Abilene Plant is located on a 140-acre site. During its 50 years in operation, the Abilene Plant has received several certifications for safety, quality and environmental, including ISO 9001 & 14001 certifications, safety and health improvement awards in 2014, 2016 and 2018, and several local environmental awards, including the Keep Abilene Beautiful Recycling Award in 2015.

“I want to thank our Abilene employees, past and present, for their contributions to the retread industry and our Bandag dealer network over the past 50 years,” said Chris Daniel, executive director, Bandag Manufacturing, Bridgestone Americas. “Truck drivers, fleets, and the transportation industry around the world depend on Bandag retreads to get the job done. This is a testament to Bandag’s commitment to innovation, flexibility, quality and excellence in manufacturing that continues to guide operations at our Abilene Plant today.”


About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Retreading Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.

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