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Bridgestone expanding, adding 20 jobs

Special Photo: Now even more golf balls will be rolling down the assembly line at Bridgestone Golf's Covington plant, as the company will increase production by 40 percent.

Special Photo: Now even more golf balls will be rolling down the assembly line at Bridgestone Golf's Covington plant, as the company will increase production by 40 percent.

COVINGTON - Bridgestone Golf has announced 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. Jobs will range from supervisors to production positions, said a company spokesman. Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to apply in-person at Bridgestone's Covington facility, located at 15230 industrial Park Blvd., or to call Bridgestone Golf's Human Resources department at 770-787-7400 for more information.

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 seven short years since we launched the Bridgestone Golf brand, we have cemented our place as the number two 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."

Gretchen Corbin, deputy commissioner for global commerce at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, offered her congratulations in a prepared statement.

"Bridgestone's presence here and its contributions as one of our best corporate citizens enhances our state's rich golf heritage and speaks to the importance of international investment," Corbin said.

Roger Harrison, senior vice president for economic development with the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, gave credit to the Chamber's dedication to existing industry.

"Bridgestone Golf's expansion in Covington/Newton County underscores the importance of (Director of Business Retention and Expansion) Shannon Davis' existing industry program at the Office of Economic Development. Whether it's the work she does on a daily basis with the Bridgestone's local team, or the trip we made to their Japan Headquarters last fall, it all comes back to what I frequently say about existing industry investment: 'If we don't treat them right, someone else will,'" he said.

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.