Michelin North America is breaking ground next week on a new Earthmover tire manufacturing plant in Anderson County, SC. 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 the state.
“The market for Earthmover tires grew by more than 20% between 2009 and 2011,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, managing general partner of Michelin. "This new facility will help us meet sustained demand while also attaining our growth objectives for 2015.”
Michelin is also expanding its existing Earthmover tire facility in Lexington, SC. The two projects represent a $750 million investment and will create up to 500 new jobs. This 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. The expanded operation at Lexington will begin production in October.
The new Earthmover tire plant will be adjacent to Michelin’s existing rubber processing plant in Starr, SC, and will be the third Michelin plant in Anderson County. The company also operates a 2.5-million square foot rubber processing plant, the largest in the world, in Sandy Springs.
In addition to the Lexington plant, Michelin currently produces Earthmover tires in Waterville, Canada; Campo Grande, Brazil; Le Puy and Montceau-les-Mines, France; Vitoria, Spain and Zalau, Romania.