Bridgestone Metalpha names Clarksville plant manager

Veteran company employee previously oversaw LaVergne plant

Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A., Inc., has appointed Bruce Johnson plant manager and executive vice president for Clarksville facility.

Johnson will fill the role being vacated by the retirement of current plant manager Donna Bright.

Johnson, who has 34 years of experience in tire manufacturing, previously served as manager for Bridgestone’s LaVergne plant in Rutherford County. During his 22-year tenure with Bridgestone, he also served as plant manager for the Bridgestone manufacturing facility in Warren County.

Johnson (pictured) earned an associate degree in computer science technology from Gadsden State Community College and a bachelor’s degree in management and human resources from Trevecca Nazarene University.

“I am delighted that Bruce will be joining our BMU team,” Yoshi Yamada, president and CEO of Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A., said in a release. “Bruce’s extensive experience in managing Bridgestone manufacturing facilities will be a tremendous asset to us as we prepare to begin production of world-class, off-road radial steel cord in 2014. Bruce understands both the facilities and the people side of the equation, and he has proven himself as an insightful and steady leader.”

In 2011, BMU announced a $75 million investment in its Clarksville operations, a move projected to increase daily output by 10 percent, expand the plant’s size by more than 123,077 square feet and create 45 new jobs.

Construction began in 2012 and installation of the manufacturing equipment began earlier this year. Production is expected to begin in 2014 and reach full capacity early in 2020.

Currently, the plant employs approximately 450 teammates.