Yokohama breaks ground on U.S. commercial tire plant

Jason Cannon

September 25, 2013

Yokohama Tire Corporation officially began construction of a state-of-the-art commercial tire manufacturing facility in West Point, Miss with a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 22.

“Today is a very exciting day as Yokohama prepares to begin construction of its very first U.S. manufacturing facility to be built from the ground up,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said.

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When Phase 1 is complete and production is fully online, the plant will output 3,000 tires per day – approximately 1 million units per year – and employ 500 people. Additional phases could increase capacity to approximately 4 million units per year.

“For our dealers, this means product no longer has to cross the ocean to get to their door,” said Noji. “For Yokohama, it means our dealers know we are here to stay for the long haul as business partners.”

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