Michelin to build new Earthmover tire plant

By |  April 10, 2012

Left to right: Michelin North America’s Chairman and President Pete Selleck, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), at Michelin’s announcement of a new Earthmover tire manufacturing plant.

Michelin North America will again expand its operations in South Carolina, it was announced today by Michelin North America’s Chairman and President Pete Selleck.

Michelin, the largest manufacturing employer in the state, is breaking ground next week on a new Earthmover tire manufacturing plant in Anderson County, S.C. The company is also expanding its existing Earthmover tire facility in Lexington, S.C.

The two projects represent a $750 million investment and will create up to 500 new jobs. This announcement is in addition to Michelin’s 2011 commitment to add an estimated 270 jobs and invest $200 million in its existing Lexington passenger and light truck tire manufacturing facility. This expanded operation at Lexington will begin production in October.

“Michelin intends to maintain and strengthen its leadership in all its specialty businesses, especially Earthmover radial tires,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, managing general partner of Michelin. “The market for Earthmover tires grew by more than 20 percent between 2009 and 2011. This new facility will help us meet sustained demand while also attaining our growth objectives for 2015.”

The new plant will be Michelin’s 19th manufacturing facility in North America and its ninth in South Carolina. More than 8,000 of Michelin North America’s 22,300 employees are based in South Carolina. The new Earthmover tire plant will be adjacent to Michelin’s existing rubber processing plant in Starr, S.C.

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