Continental held a grand event recently to mark the opening of its new tire manufacturing facility near Clinton, Mississippi. Continental had broken ground for the factory back in 2016. The ceremony was attended by about 300 guests, who included state and local officials, customers, suppliers and members of the local community as well as the 250 employees at the plant.
The new factory sprawls over a 1,000-acre greenfield site in Hinds County, which is about two miles from Clinton and 20 miles from city of Jackson. Continental invested almost USD 1.4 billion in the new plant and expects to scale up the workforce to 2,500 people once the plant attains its full capacity within the next 10 years.
Speaking at the event, Governor Phil Bryant said, “Mississippi welcomes Continental to our great state and looks forward to many years of job creation and synergy with the company,” said. “This advanced facility helps position our state and our people as champions of manufacturing excellence.”
Christian Koetz, member of Continental’s Executive Board and Head of the Tire Division said that the completion of the new tire plant signified a major advance in its global strategy for long-term growth called Vision 2025.
Mississippi will play a key role in this strategy, as it would provide the company with the best options for growing its tire business in the American market.
According to Paul Williams, executive vice president, Commercial Vehicle Tires, the Americas, the new plant is the company’s first new plant that is dedicated to truck tires in the world.
He concluded, “We have seen tremendous growth in this area of our business and the addition of this production facility will help us continue to satisfy customer orders. The state of Mississippi, Hinds County and the City of Clinton have been outstanding partners to help us create this facility, which will provide excellent jobs for the years and decades to come.”
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