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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 3, 2015) – The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the voice of Tennessee’s business community,  honored Bridgestone Americas with its 2015 Corporate Citizens Award at its 103rd annual meeting and dinner. The event, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, brought together almost 400 business and government leaders from across the state.

Bridgestone Americas was recognized for its positive impact on Tennessee’s business climate, its civic engagement and its commitment to bettering the communities in which it conducts business.

Since relocating to Tennessee from Ohio in 1992, Bridgestone Americas has been engaged in making sure that the state is at the forefront of public policy actions that benefit Tennessee’s economy.

Outside of that arena, the company has donated $4.3 million dollars to worthy organizations statewide, including over $1 million in support of United Way programs, over the last four years. As part of its long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability, they have also contributed 10,000 acres of forest land in Middle Tennessee, and showed solid dedication- – with teammates engaging in at least 10 environmental education and cleanup activities in the state.

Paul Oakley, Vice President of Communications for Bridgestone Americas, accepted the award on behalf of the entire company and stated, “I can say on behalf of all my teammates at Bridgestone what a major honor this is. It energizes our entire company to vigorously continue to promote responsible public policy and engage with communities to improve the quality of life for all. Thank you.”

Catherine Glover, President of the Tennessee Chamber, said, “Bridgestone Americas joins Nissan North America, McKee Foods, Eastman and CAT Financial as the newest member of the Corporate Citizen award winning family. Their commitment to responsible and forward thinking civic engagement is inspiring to all of us involved in making Tennessee the best state to live and work.”

About the Tennessee Chamber: The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry has been the voice of Tennessee businesses and manufacturers representing them on matters of state policy, legislation and regulation since 1912. To learn more about the Tennessee Chamber, please visit