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WGLT's reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, which began in McLean County in March 2020.

Temporary Shutdown At Bridgestone In Normal

Inside the Bridgestone plant in Normal
Monty Greutman
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Bridgestone
Bridgestone workers at the factory in Normal will head home for at least a couple weeks as part of the company's coronavirus response.

The Bridgestone tire plant in Normal will shut down starting this weekend to avoid coronavirus-related problems, the company said in a news release Thursday.

The plant employs about 420 people on its 82-acre site. The facility has made large tires for mining equipment and heavy construction vehicles since 1964.

Bridgestone said the company plans to resume normal operations on or before Sunday, April 12, but will adjust activities as needed.

Bridgestone said it has enough tire inventory to meet customer demand and distribution centers will continue to fill orders.

Bridgestone completed a $12 million, two-year renovation last October to expand production of off-road tire sizes that had been made in Japan.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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