History of Bridgestone
Shoji Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931. At first, Ishibashi took over his family's clothing business. Due to anticipation for an increase in tire demand, he started a tire department, which later branched off into its own independent entity.
Bridgestone's first plant, as well as his family clothing business resided in Kurume Fukuoka Prefecture. This original plant, along with one other, survived US bombings during World War II and Bridgestone was able to restart in the Japanese tire market.
In 1988 Bridgestone acquired Firestone in America, making the company one of the largest tire manufacturers, dedicated to serving customers worldwide.