Firestone Industrial Products Co. has expanded its global air springs operations with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Turrialba, Costa Rica.

The 123,785-sq-ft facility manufactures Airide air springs and Marsh Mellow springs, used in vehicle and industrial applications.

"We continue to see opportunities in emerging markets to develop and grow our air springs business internationally," said Mike Cerio, president of Firestone Industrial Products. "Our new facility in Costa Rica represents an excellent opportunity to better support these emerging international markets in a cost-effective manner."

The Costa Rican plant joins six other Firestone Industrial Products air spring plants strategically located throughout the world.

Firestone Industrial Products de Costa Rica S.A. is the second Bridgestone Americas, Inc., plant to be established in Costa Rica. Since 1967, Bridgestone de Costa Rica, S.A., has manufactured passenger, light truck, truck and bus tires in La Ribera de Belen.