LEXINGTON, S.C. (May 9, 2011) – As demand for its passenger tires in North America continues to grow, Michelin is investing another $200 million in its Lexington, S.C., facility to
further expand its tire building capacity. The tire maker has already invested more than $1 billion in the site since it was first established in 1981.
This latest project, for which all equipment will be installed by the first half of 2013, will create 270 new jobs, phased in over the next two years.
Work will begin immediately.
"Trusted for its quality and value, the Michelin brand was quite resilient during the recent economic crisis," said Dick Wilkerson, chairman and
president of Michelin North America. "As the economy turned, demand for our tires increased dramatically. We must have additional capacity for high
performance passenger car tires to meet our customers' needs. We're thrilled that the expansion will be in our home state of South Carolina. The
Lexington County Council and the state of South Carolina have been effective partners with us, working to make this expansion and the new jobs that
support it a reality."
Michelin's Lexington passenger and light truck tire facility currently employs 1,360 people in 1.2 million square feet. Michelin also operates an
earthmover tire plant at the site, employing 475 people in 825,000 square feet.
"Michelin has been an important part of the Midlands business community for decades and we celebrate the company's decision to increase its presence in
South Carolina. This announcement not only shows the company's commitment to our state, but that we are doing right things to help South Carolina's
existing businesses grow. We look forward to Michelin's continued growth in South Carolina," said Gov. Nikki Haley.
"Michelin is a world-class company and we are excited the company will expand operations in Lexington County. Manufacturing continues to play a key
role in South Carolina's economy, and today's announcement is another indication that our state's business-friendly climate is working to attract
investment from manufacturing companies and create jobs," said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.
"Today we are pleased to be able to celebrate this milestone achievement by Michelin North America. We are extremely delighted to have them in
Lexington County and wish them continued success. We applaud them for their 30 year commitment to this community and for their level of investment"
said Jim Kinard, Chairman of Lexington County Council.