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Nashville based Bridgestone Americas is sending its employees back to work

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Nashville based Bridgestone Americas says it will begin sending its employees back to work on Monday.

In a press statement released Wednesday, the company says it hopes to have its tire manufacturing operations back in full production by early May.

Bridgestone says the move comes in repsponse to increased demand for tires by pandemic essential service providers.

The company promises CDC guidelines will be followed to keep workers safe.

Bridgestone notes on its website that it employs some 24,000 workers in North America, including facilities in Rutherford and Warren Counties.