Robert Bernard becomes the largest plant in Canada to use Michelin® Retread Technologies
Granby, Quebec (May 15 2013) – Groupe Robert Bernard today inaugurated its retreading plant built at a cost of $3 million in the Granby industrial park. The state of the art plant is the largest in Canada, It is the eighth in Canada and 80th in North America to use Michelin® Retread Technologies (MRT).
“We have full faith in the technology offered by MRT and we have a strong relationship with the Michelin family going back 45 years,” explained Jocelyn Bernard, vice president of Groupe Robert Bernard. “Our new plant provides us with a larger shop floor of 70.000 sq. ft. This will facilitate better production and storage. This will also help us reduce wait times for delivery.”
“Although MRT Canada now has eight plants across the country, Robert Bernard MRT is the only hybrid facility, which means it can manufacture high quality retread tires using Pre-Mold and Custom-Mold processes,” said Harold Phillips, chief operating officer, Michelin Canada. “With this expansion, Robert Bernard MRT is the largest retread plant in Canada. This will help the company meet the increasing demand for the highest quality MRT retread tires in Quebec.”
Michelin’s retreaded products bring new technology to tire retreading by offering incomparable treads and the most stringent quality standards in order to fully meet customers’ needs. MRT technology uses exclusive Michelin rubber and treads, with the finished products looking and performing like brand new Michelin tires.
About Groupe Robert Bernard
Created in 1999 by Groupe Robert Bernard, Robert Bernard MRT was the first retread facility in Canada to use Michelin technology and offer molded and pre-molded tread. This new endeavor earned the company ‘Le Grand Prix Distinction’, the most prestigious prize awarded by the Chamber of Commerce Granby-Haute-Yamaska. Today Robert Bernard MRT employs over 40 employees.
About Michelin North America
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.