Michelin Opens New Plant for Earthmover Tires
The state-of-the-art plant will build earthmover-class tires, up to the largest sizes used on 400-ton mining trucks. Michelin Chairman and President Pete Selleck said that the plant is the company’s 15 th in the United States and that South Carolina is now the country’s largest tire-producing state.
“Michelin continues to make investments in multiple countries around the world that will position our company for long-term growth,” said Selleck.
Production of commercially available tires was scheduled to commence in January for sale in mid-2014. Approximately 80% of the tires manufactured at the new plant will be exported, mostly from the Port of Charleston. The new tire plant is adjacent to Michelin’s existing rubber processing plant in Starr, South Carolina, and is the third Michelin plant in Anderson County. The company also operates a 2.5-million-ft 2 rubber processing plant, the largest in the world, in Sandy Springs.
In addition to the U.S. plants, Michelin produces Earthmover tires in Waterville, Canada; Campo Grande, Brazil; Le Puy-en-Velay and Montceau, France; Vitoria, Spain; and Zalau, Romania.