Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam spoke on Jan. 7 at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Bridgestone America’s 30-story corporate headquarters building in Nashville. “I can guarantee you it’s a great day for the state of Tennessee when an international company like Bridgestone, who has a big investment here, decides to double down on their investment — it means the world to us,” Haslam said. “You have a world-famous and great brand. What you do is you help our brand.”
The $200,000 building is expected to be completed in 2017. It’ll provide offices and workspace for more than 1,700 employees. Bridgestone‘s decision to relocate within Davidson County from its current location near the Nashville airport into downtown came as a result of the company securing tens of millions of dollars in tax incentives, without which company officials hinted they would have left Tennessee altogether.
Bill Hagerty, the state’s outgoing Economic and Community Development Department commissioner, said the project underscores Tennessee’s “great relationship with Japan.”
“Japan, by far, is our largest foreign direct investor,” said Hagerty. “Many, Many Tennesseans are employed by Japanese companies, and none can be better or stronger than Bridgestone. So it has been a true pleasure to see that cultural interaction involved to something that has a great economic impact on the state.”