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Akron icon: Firestone sign will be relocated after coming down for refurbishment

The entire project is expected to take several months.
Credit: Bridgestone
Iconic Firestone sign in Akron.

AKRON, Ohio — Its glowing letters have been an iconic piece of Akron for decades -- but now it's coming down for an upgrade.

Bridgestone announced Friday morning they will refurbish and relocate the company’s historic Firestone sign, which is currently located atop the Firestone Plant One building on Firestone Parkway.

The project will begin Saturday with a phased removal of the sign.

“The delicate restoration will replace the sign’s neon lights with energy-efficient LED light bulbs and upgrade its structure,” company officials said in a press release.

Officials said the entire project is expected to take several months, and a new location for the sign will be announced at a later date.

"The Firestone Plant One building is currently home to the Bridgestone Advanced Technology Workshop, which is where the company manufactures race tires for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES," company officials explain. 

"Bridgestone is in the process of moving those operations less than a mile up the road to its new, state-of-the-art Advanced Tire Production Center, which remains on schedule for a full-scale opening in 2022."

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