The world's largest tiremaker showed off its new state-of-the-art facility in Akron off of Firestone Parkway, where close to 430 employees just started working.
"While we are proud of our past and the history and heritage of our great company, today is about looking to the future- to writing the next chapter in the story of our organization," Gary Garfield said, CEO and president of BSAM.
Garfield told the crowd at the official unveiling Wednesday afternoon, that when he looks at the architecture of the building and the environmentally-friendly requirements its met to become a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), he sees the future for his company clearly.
"When I look at that, I look at a catalyst of innovation for the future," Garfield said.
The new company headquarters that sits off of Firestone Parkway, is one of only three worldwide.
The new $100 million facility is just a hop, skip and a jump from the 100-year old technical center built in 1911.
Employees are encouraged to write on the walls with dry-erase markers in conference rooms and offices as they work to develop innovative and advanced tire technologies for the company.
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