Bridgestone is slowly restarting tire production after a possible cyberattack disrupted operations on Sunday.
Our plant in Warren County was one of the many in North America and Latin America which were taken offline Sunday in an effort to minimize damage. Some machines at our facility were back up and running on Thursday with the plant operating at a limited capacity.
“In the last 24 hours, we’ve restored key internal systems at all manufacturing plants so that we can resume production, but it will take some additional partial production days to securely ramp up to full production,” said Bridgestone communications director Emily Weaver on Thursday afternoon.
Weaver added, “In addition, our team is also prioritizing getting our ordering, shipping and invoicing systems safely back online."
"We’re also resuming direct shipments to customers from our distribution centers and warehouses. We will continue to work diligently to restart all operations efficiently and safely and to address any issues that may affect our operations, our data, our teammates, and our customers,” Weaver said.
Our local facility employs right at 1,100 and manufactures truck and bus radial tires. While the plant was shut down, employees were given the option to report to work to clean, get paid using vacation time, or to stay home with no pay.