Tire company setting up regional financial center here

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations will create a shared financial services center in Costa Rica for its Latin American operations. The decision will mean up to 100 new jobs for the country.

The plan was outlined at Casa Presidencial Wednesday. The tire company has six plants in Latin America: two in
Brazil, one in Argentina, one in México and one in Venezuela, as well as the plant in Ribera de Belén, Heredia.

The company also confirmed that it would invest $70 million over the next five years to increase the capacity of the Belén plant and increase the variety of tires produced. The company also has invested $18 million in a Turrialba plant that employes 160 persons.

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