Bridgestone Americas is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, which is one of the largest manufacturers of tires and other rubber products in the world. It manufactures industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. The company sells products in more than 150 countries. Founded in 1931 to manufacture and distribute tires in the Japanese market, Bridgestone Corporation operates over 100 plants in nearly 20 nations. It maintains approximately 3,000 company-owned stores in North America and Japan. The company serves consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, as well as the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. Bridgestone Americas produces air springs, roofing materials, synthetic rubber and industrial fibers and textiles. It operates Bridgestone Retail Operations, which consists of a family of more than 2,000 company-owned vehicle service and tire locations throughout the United States, including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, ExpertTire and Wheel Works.