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Michelin Tire Plant

Excerpt from HIstory of Michelin:

Michelin had led a revolution in the transportation industry with the introduction of the radial tire. As the global demand for radial tires accelerated, Michelin responded with an expansion plan that opened twenty-three new plants, all producing radial tires. Michelin made the decision in the early 70’s to produce only radial tires and eliminate production of the old-style bias ply tires. Two plants had been opened in Nova Scotiain 1971 and it was announced that construction would soon begin for two plants in western part of South Carolina. One plant, US2 in Anderson,SC, would build semi-finished products to supply the other plant that would produce tires. The plants were scheduled to open in 1975 and the very first radial passenger tire came off the line at US1,Greenville,South CarolinaonMarch 10, 1975. A third plant, US3, in Spartanburg, SC came on line in 1978, producing radial truck tires for the rapidly growing radial market in the trucking industry.  Expansion in the 1970’s in the U.S. was completed with the opening of US4 in Dothan, Alabama. Along with the plants, a research and development was opened center in South Carolina because the corporation has always believed in developing products exclusively for a North American market where huge geographical distances demanded different tires than established European markets. In 1979, Michelin opened a new headquarters building in Lake Success,New York to accommodate a continuously growing work force. Michelin opened the decade with 250 employees and by 1979 the number was 7,000. Michelin had also expanded its tire lines dramatically from two types of tires that still required tubes to a full line of tubeless radial passenger tires to serve the growing demand for tires with greater fuel efficiency, longer life and better handling. In 1970 there were three types of truck tires offered and the 70’s ended with an expanded line of tires to meet multiple and various needs of fleet owners, from over the road long haul operations to fleets hauling rocks or coal. There were now radial tires for bread fleets and small package delivery fleets.

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About MIchelin - from website:


Michelin Group is an international group of corporations dedicated to the disciplines of science, research, manufacturing, marketing and sales. We have one profession and one mission which is improving our contribution to the progress of mobility.

Michelin Group oversees tire manufacturing, R&D, and commercial operations worldwide.

Michelin North America, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, is a major part of Michelin Group, representing one-third of its total tire sales.

Michelin North America employs about 23,000 people in 18 facilities including a state-of-the-art research and development center, a newly-expanded headquarters facility and sales offices across the country.

Since the 1990 acquisition of Uniroyal Goodrich by Michelin Group, the company offers customers three leading brand-name products - Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal, as well as many private and associate brand products.


  
 
 
Wednesday October 18, 2017