Michelin North America facility will be better equipped to satisfy customer demand
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., July 8, 2016 – Michelin North America today announced that it will significantly increase the warehouse capacity of its BFGoodrich plant in Tuscaloosa by building onto the current storage facility. Construction on this project begins next month.
BFGoodrich is a brand of Michelin North America, Inc. with headquarters in Greenville, S.C. The company will invest $8 million in the expansion of its current warehouse facility located at the southeastern corner of the Tuscaloosa plant.
With the expansion, the Tuscaloosa plant’s storage facility will grow from 29,000 to 92,000 square feet of space, more than a 215 percent increase in square footage over the current structure. The expanded warehouse will provide more than nine times the storage capacity. Construction on the expansion is expected to be completed early next year and fully operational by the second quarter of 2017.
The BFGoodrich Tuscaloosa facility, currently celebrating its 70th year of manufacturing in West Alabama, builds passenger and light truck tires sold in North America and employs about 1,360 people.
“The expansion of the storage facility will help us further improve customer service, especially geographically in key BFGoodrich tire markets,” said Greg Leikvold, the plant manager at the Tuscaloosa site. “The expansion will result in more agility and will improve our overall delivery efficiency.”
The Tuscaloosa plant is one of two BFGoodrich facilities fully dedicated to the production of BFGoodrich tires in the U.S.
About BFGoodrich® Tires
With more than 100 years of heritage, BFGoodrich® Tires is dedicated to providing high performance tires for those who have a passion for driving in virtually any environment. Combining technical expertise with 40 years of motorsports experience, BFGoodrich® Tires delivers tires for a full range of driving experiences from ultra-high performance street, to off-road terrain with one common theme – extreme performance. Come upgrade your performance with BFGoodrich and see where our tires can take you at www.BFGoodrichTires.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.
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. Since 1989, Michelin has received 80 J.D. Power tire customer satisfaction awards—five times the number of all other tire manufacturers combined. 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.
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