Firestone Liberia to Shed 800 Jobs by April 2019

Firestone Liberia

Cites ‘shocks in Liberian Economy’

Harbel, Liberia – After a thorough and strategic review of its current operations in Liberia, West Africa, Firestone Natural Rubber Company, an indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., has announced the difficult decision to reduce its workforce by 13% (approximately 800 employees) by early second quarter (Q2) of 2019 at the company’s Firestone Liberia operation. Headcount reductions will take place throughout the company’s operations, and include retirements, the discontinuation of certain work contracts, and redundancies.

“This action is necessary due to continued and unsustainable losses resulting from high overhead costs associated with the company’s Concession Agreement with the Government of Liberia, low natural rubber production because of the country’s prolonged Civil Wars and continued low global natural rubber prices,” the company said in a press release issued Monday afternoon, March 18.

Firestone Liberia says it has been working closely with the Ministry of Labor and the Agricultural Agro-Processing and the Industrial Workers Union of Liberia (AAIWUL) to ensure that employees made redundant as part of this action will be done so in accordance with all applicable Liberian labor laws, company policies, and the company’s collective bargaining agreement with AAIWUL.

“Unfortunately, these measures alone will not be enough to restore Firestone Liberia to profitability. As a result, the company will continue to evaluate all aspects of its business to ensure long-term competitiveness and determine the best allocation of company resources to optimize our portfolio, processes and culture,” the release said.


  1. We would be able to hold on to these jobs and more, if GoL do their part with improving infrastructure but meanly by not allowing ALL of our natural resources to be taken out of the country as is, without much benefits to the communities and country.
    We must evolve into the 21st century mindset and think Big and think advance, future, in order to have fast development. Human as well as others.
    This is meant for all sectorsorts not only Firestone. Our resources should be processed on our soil before being shipped out of country. This would create employment and develop skills. Be it Rubber iron Ore, gold, etc

  2. In terms of personal social security and personal welfare, take your little money and invest in some kind of local returns. A house with some rooms to spare, local markets, in time like these , they will serve the personal social security and personal welfare until things get better. Do yourself no harm, as no job is permanent, even every President has tried to make their jobs a permanent one with some success, and terrible failure for many.


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