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The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. The Group was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality, as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.

Employees of Bridgestone Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, accepted the recognition on behalf of the global Bridgestone Group during formal ceremonies recently held in Bettendorf, Iowa. Employees of Bridgestone Europe NV/SA the European subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation will accept the recognition during formal ceremony that will take place in April in Zweibrücken.

The global Bridgestone Group supplies agricultural and off-the-road tyres to Deere & Company’s global operations.

Suppliers who participate in Deere & Company’s Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.

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About Bridgestone Corporation

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. In addition to tyres for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

About Bridgestone Europe

Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 10 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with 12,500 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.

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