Ride with the Leader

Firestone manufactures and provides air springs for all vehicles. We began developing air suspension for passenger cars and trucks more than 70 years ago. We continue to be innovative in product design, material selection and customer service so we can provide you with a better ride and safe load-carrying capabilities. Firestone stands for quality, reliability and service.

Quality


Firestone Industrial Products were the first and are the last major manufacturer of automotive air springs in the U.S. We engineer and manufacture each product to provide many years and thousands of miles of trouble-free service.
Our extensive product development process has resulted in applying automotive technology to our heavy-duty products. Our innovations span many additional technologies from electronic sensors to higher strength fabrics and compounds—in addition to rigorous testing unmatched by any other manufacturer. It’s an obsession with quality you can only expect from a leader.

Service


From our engineers to our customer service line, we pride ourselves on being a true partner, not just a vendor. We strongly believe it takes world-class people to make world-class products.

Reliability


Firestone Industrial Products allow you to buy with confidence. No one has more stringent production and testing standards than we do. In fact, Firestone air springs often outlast other maintenance items on your suspension, such as bushings, shocks, leveling valves or regulators. It’s a commitment that we’re willing to stand by with an industry-leading warranty. Now that’s reliability you can count on.

The Leader from Day One: A History of Innovation

Firestone Industrial Products Company began in 1936, when Firestone Tire & Rubber Company purchased a plant in Noblesville, Indiana. Two years later, we designed and patented the first Pneumatic Suspension Device, better known as the Firestone Airide™ Air Spring. Since that time, we have led the market in innovation and expansion. Today, we manufacture the world’s Number One air spring for light vehicles, buses, heavy-duty trucks and trailers, rail cars and industrial applications— with offices and manufacturing operations on four continents. Take a look at some of the most important innovations and developments from our 70-year-plus history.

1950s & 1960s


  • Air springs replace steel springs as OEM fitment on new buses.
  • 1X style springs with steel stamped pistons are sold for automotive applications.
  • The sealed 1T style air spring is brought to market.
  • Production begins on rail car air springs for trains.

1970s


  • Production of air springs for heavy-duty truck cabs and seats begins.
  • Product offerings expand with the purchase of Ride-Rite & air helper springs for light-duty vehicles.
  • Aftermarket product distribution begins.
  • Operations go international with the opening of a sales office in London.
  • The manufacturing plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil begins production.
  • The plastic piston is introduced to the market.

1980s


  • Firestone Industrial Products joins the Bridgestone family.
  • The ultrasonic internal height sensor is patented, adding to air spring safety.
  • The air spring for front air suspension is developed.
  • Manufacturing plants in Williamsburg, Kentucky and Dyersburg, Tennessee open.

1990s


  • The organization achieves ISO 9000 and QS 9000 certification.
  • DIVINE Technical report highlighting many benefits of air suspension was published (Dynamic Interaction Between Vehicles and Infrastructure Experiment).
  • Firestone expands automotive air helper product line with Coil-Rite spring installed into the inner diameter of a coil spring.

2000s


  • The manufacturing plant in Wolsztyn, Poland opens and produces its first part.
  • World headquarters moves to Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Beijing Firestone Air Spring, LLC starts assembly and manufacturing in China.
  • Gurgaon, India sales office opens.
  • Delhi, India sales office opens.
  • The London sales office moves to Arnhem, The Netherlands. A state of the art testing facility is built and the new facility opens as the European Business and Technical Center.
  • Firestone TVS, a joint venture between Firestone and Sundaram Industries, a member of the TVS Group, opens a manufacturing plant in Madurai, India.
  • The Costa Rica manufacturing plant opens.
  • Work-Rite & entry-level load management system is introduced to the light duty aftermarket.
  • Commercial production of rail springs commences at Madurai, India plant.

A Better Way To Build The Best

Firestone Industrial Products doesn’t just build products. We are a global entity with a responsibility to set the highest standards for the quality of our products and the way we build them. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly.

Sustainability


As a global leader, Firestone Industrial Products realizes everything we do has an impact on our world. We strive to be stewards of the environment and continue to update our processes and materials to further reduce our carbon footprint. Our efforts include the use of environmentally friendly metal coatings and recycling programs at our manufacturing plants, as well as researching the use of recycled materials in our products. Since 2002, we’ve initiated Six Sigma processes to improve quality and reduce waste.

Quality Certifications


We continually strive to have the most efficient, highest performing and environmentally friendly facilities possible. Our offices and manufacturing facilities have undertaken stringent quality control certification programs including ISO 9001 and TS 16949 Quality Management System Standards, in addition to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standards.

Community


Firestone Industrial Products is a part of Bridgestone Americas – committed to being a good corporate citizen nationally, regionally and in the communities where BSA has manufacturing plants, sales facilities or offices. Since 1952, the Bridgestone Trust Fund has supported charitable and philanthropic endeavors in three major categories: Civic and Community, Culture and the Arts, and Education, Health and Welfare. This annual, multi-million dollar effort has been great for our corporation and the benefactors we’ve helped. Bridgestone Americas adheres to the Bridgestone Way, the global corporate philosophy to build not just better products, but better communities.
From a regional perspective, Firestone Industrial Products exemplifies its commitment with local support of several charities including: the United Way, the MS Walk, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). We are a proud supporter of the Indiana Blood Center where teammates are regular participants in donating blood. Firestone is also a proud supporter of the Indianapolis Zoo's Oceans exhibit. The Firestone Gallery features the shark touch pool, giving visitors the chance to touch sharks as they swim by.

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Firestone Industrial Products recognizes that the strength of our success is our people. We encourage continued education and offer training for active team members. The opportunities are endless. Come grow with a leader.

Europe
Attn: Human Resources
Berzyna 80
Wolsztyn, Poland 62-200
Phone: 011-48-683475120
Email: careers@fsipeurope.com

China
Attn: Human Resources
A4-2 Xin Ying Industrial Zone
Beijing, China
Phone: 011-8622-596732
Email: careers@fsipchina.com