Bridgestone Welcomes Assistance Package

Bridgestone Australia Ltd. Welcomes Assistance Package

Bridgestone Australia Ltd. has welcomed today's announcement by Premier Rann of State and Federal Government assistance for employees affected by the closure of its Salisbury, South Australia manufacturing facility.

The Premier outlined the package in discussions with senior Bridgestone Executives earlier this afternoon.

Andrew Moffatt, Senior Executive Director, said the assistance package would complement the Company's stated commitment to its employees.

"As we said at the time of our announcement, all affected employees will receive their full entitlements and it is our goal to help as many of our people as possible gain alternative employment," Mr Moffatt said.

"Given the skill-set of our workforce, we are confident that the assistance package, together with the Company's initiatives, will assist affected employees make a successful transition to new employment.

"We look forward to working as part of the joint Company-Union-Commonwealth-State Task Force on the delivery and coordination of services and support to Bridgestone Salisbury employees."