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Bridgestone to hire 20

Bridgestone Golf announced Monday that it will expand production at its Covington facility in June and will hire 20 additional full-time workers.

Production will increase by 40 percent due to an increase in consumer demand, according to a company issued press release.

Bridgestone will manufacture its popular TOUR B330-RX family of Urethane-covered golf balls at the Covington facility.

“We are proud to be bringing jobs and an infusion of capital to Georgia,” said Shigeru Nakayama, President of Bridgestone Golf, Inc. “In just 7 short years since we launched the Bridgestone Golf brand, we have cemented our place as the #2 golf ball in the industry in terms of dollar market share. That success is in large part due to the very people working right here in this factory, that are focused on product quality and meeting the needs of our growing customer base every day.”

The increase in production at the Covington plant comes as Bridgestone celebrates an important milestone in company history. Recently, Bridgestone Golf completed manufacturing of the company’s 50 millionth dozen of golf balls. Since 1990, when Bridgestone began production of its golf balls in the United States under the Precept brand name, the company has produced more than 600 million golf balls at its Covington facility. If one were to line up 600 million golf balls side-by-side, the line of balls would cover 15,782 miles, stretching from Covington, Georgia to Tokyo, Japan and back.