At a glance
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 20, 2001
- HEADQUARTERS: Nashville, Tenn.
- CHAIRMAN/CEO: John Lampe
- EMPLOYEES: 45,000
- FACTORIES: 38 in the Americas, including three that made most ATX and AT tires in Decatur, Ill., Wilson, N.C., and Joliet, Quebec.
- FOUNDED: In 1990 after the merger of Bridgestone U.S.A. and Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
- OPERATIONS: The largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. of Toyko, the world's leading tire and rubber company.
- SALES: $7.5-billion revenues in 2000.
Ford Motor Co.
- HEADQUARTERS: Detroit
- CHAIRMAN/CEO: Jacques Nasser
- EMPLOYEES: 380,000
- FACTORIES: 140 worldwide, including two that make Explorers in St. Louis and Louisville, Ky.
- FOUNDED: In 1903 by Henry Ford who wanted to make the automobile accessible to every American.
- OPERATIONS: The world's biggest producer of trucks and the second-biggest producer of cars and trucks combined, selling more than 6.8-million vehicles worldwide in 1998.
- SALES: $170-billion revenues in 2000.
About the Explorer
- Introduced in 1990
- More than 445,000 sold in 2000
- Best-selling SUV in the world 10 years running
- 2002 model shipped to dealers Feb. 22
- New safety features: side airbags, rollover sensors, lower front bumpers, greater control ability, seat-weight sensors, chime seat belt reminder, airbags designed to meet passengers' characteristics
- Sources: Bridgestone/Firestone, Ford Motor Co.
Ford Motor Co.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration