Michelin opens new tire plant
January 26, 2014 by James
Michelin North America, the largest manufacturing employer in South Carolina, recently held a special event to celebrate the opening of its latest manufacturing facility in Anderson County which was completed less than a year and a half after breaking ground. No doubt the company is looking to a variety of printing services to announce to the public the completion of this new facility.
The facility, which is 800,000 square feet in size, will produce the huge tires needed by earthmoving equipment, and will begin production this month. Sales of these tires will be made available in mid-year.
In April 2012, Michelin announced that it was investing $750 million in South Carolina to expand manufacturing for earthmoving tires in Lexington and build this plant. It is the largest manufacturing employer in the state, and between the two projects it has created hundreds of jobs with several hundred more slated in the future.
The new facility is known as US10, is Michelin’s ninth plant in South Carolina and 19th in North America. The earthmoving tires which it will produce are as high as 13 feet and can weigh up to 5.5 tons. These tires are used for over 1,300 mining operations around the world and 80 per cent of these tires are exported from the Port of Charleston.
According to Michelin senior vice president, Earthmover and Industrial Tires Worldwide, Bruce Brackett, it is remarkable that the facility was built in such a short period of time. These are unique tires that require the expertise of a company like Michelin to manufacture and South Carolina is the best place to build them.