NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales (BAAG), manufacturer of Firestone-brand farm tires, announced the launch of Firestone-brand Cyclical Field Operation (CFO) Harvest tires, which will be available in late 2013. The CFO tires are made in the United States and are part of a new class of farm tires with AD2 technology, which is specifically designed to support the cyclical loads of harvest equipment.
"The CFO tires meet the demands of extreme load cycles during harvest season so producers can get more work done in less time," said Tom Rodgers, who directs sales and marketing efforts for Firestone-brand farm tires. "CFO is an extension of our recently introduced AD2 technology, which allows for cyclical loading of tires that meet the Tire and Rim industry standard for IF loading. Our technology will accommodate the ever-increasing loads of both today's and tomorrow's advanced harvesting equipment, and do so with reduced ground pressure."
The Firestone-brand CFO tires are specifically engineered with an IF-designation and, compared to equivalent-sized standard radial tires, the CFO harvest tires deliver additional performance benefits that include:
- Reduced soil compaction due to an increased deflection and larger footprints
- Improved traction and added fuel savings due to less time in the field
- Improved ride with increased sidewall deflection
- 20 percent deeper R-1W tread bars than industry standard vs. R1 tread depth – for longer wear and added performance in wet soils
The Firestone-brand CFO tires are extensively tested for durability and performance at the Firestone Farm Tire Test Center in Columbiana, Ohio. Thanks to Bridgestone's $151 million investment that provided tire-building capacity as well as the components to successfully build out the IF and VF sizes, these tires are manufactured at the company's primary agricultural tire plant in Des Moines, Iowa.
To learn more about the CFO Harvest tires and product offerings, visit www.FirestoneAg.com.
About Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division (BAAG), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, is the industry leader in the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of market-leading Firestone agricultural tires. BAAG's Des Moines, Iowa, facility is located in the heart of America's farm belt and supplies approximately half of the agricultural tires consumed by North American original equipment manufacturers as well as being the leading agricultural tire supplier in the North American replacement market. Firestone agricultural tires can be found on farm tractors, planting and harvesting equipment and other farm implements in North America and around the world. In addition BAAG markets and sells forestry, ATV and construction tires. BAAG also operates a testing facility, located in Columbiana, Ohio, which is the only facility in the world solely dedicated to the development and testing of agricultural tires.
About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations, the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses and the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires to its customers in the Americas. In addition, through its Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions unit, retreading customers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.