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Bridgestone plant in Bloomington-Normal cuts jobs

Updated: May 8, 2013 9:02AM



NORMAL — Bridgestone’s plant in Bloomington-Normal is cutting 23 positions.

A spokesman for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations says a slowdown in residential and commercial construction and mining has lowered demand for off-road tires.

Jeremy Smith says that has forced the company to make “production adjustments” at the off-road tire plant in central Illinois.

The Pantagraph reports the company did not say exactly when the jobs would be eliminated.

As of December, the plant employed about 500 people.

The newspaper reported it was unclear if the job losses would affect two major expansion plans for the plant announced in December.



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