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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There is a big new operation that opened its doors in Antioch. Tuesday was the ribbon cutting for the Bridgestone service center.
Marshall Kelley, the vice President of shared services for Bridgestone, told News 2 why the company chose Antioch to house the company’s second largest operation.
“Two key things. No. 1, it was in Davidson County and we have that tower downtown, and then there are other groups, especially our shared service group Asurion, was already out here in the old Garden Ridge Tower. Community Health Systems is going to hire up to 2,000 people here. So it is just a great area and we see it growing,” said Kelley.
Workers are enjoying their new space that includes a game room, large kitchen that features a new restaurant, and open spaces with lots of natural light.
“When they got out here, they said this is better than we thought. The openness, the great lighting, the LED lights is really nice. People have been blown away with all the amenities and places to spend time together,” explained Kelley.
There are currently about 450 Bridgestone employees in the facility. They work in the areas of IT, accounting, and tire company consumer services.
The company plans to hire about 50 additional workers in the near future after signing a multiyear lease for the space in Antioch.
Combined with the downtown location, the company employs more 2,200 employees in those two locations.
In addition to the new service center, the Antioch community is also looking forward to the much-anticipated IKEA store that is slated to open in 2020.
Ben Freeland purchased a Chevrolet dealership in Antioch in 2008.
He told News 2 he takes a lot of pride in watching the area transform into a place where several other large corporations also want to call home.
“It’s just been amazing to see all the new employers come. The hard work of the resident and community leaders,” he said.
Jacobia Dowell is councilwoman for District 32, which includes the new Bridgestone location and the IKEA store.
“I have cut more ribbons then I can imagine. But it is been a wonderful, wonderful thing because when I think back six years ago when I took office, we had so much empty real estate and the area was in decline,” said Dowell.
Community leaders say Antioch is back and it’s only going to get better.