LEBANON, Tenn. – A tire distribution center destroyed by a tornado earlier this year held a grand reopening celebration on Thursday.
Workers, along with city officials and first responders attended the event held at the at the 100,000-square-foot Bridgestone Firestone Tire Distribution Center located in Lebanon.
Marshaye Glasscock was just one of 36 workers that were inside the warehouse when the tornado moved through the area.
She told Nashville's News 2 she vividly remembers the day of the storm.
“I can remember myself running down isle 14 and jumping into a bay and I just started praying. I mean that's all you can do,” Glasscock recalled.
“It sounded like a herd of elephants running across the roof and by then this wall back here just collapsed,” added employee Thomas Grier.
Meaghan Uselton works as a security guard at the facility.
She said that she was inside the guard shack when the storm occurred.
“It got real quite, it was weird. It was like the calm before it and then it got really loud. The rain started to be sheets of white and the cameras started tilting. The wind was so intense and then the next thing you know I was lifted five feet and thrown over about eight feet,” Uselton said.
Two people received minor injures in the tornado.
The Lebanon facility is now operating at 100% and ships 30 to 40,000 tires to customers each day.
- April 15, 2011: Storm cleanup continues at Bridgestone facility 2 mos. later
- Feb. 25, 2011: 2 injured at Bridgestone facility in Lebanon