Nokian Tyres aims for ‘most sustainable’ tire factory at groundbreaking
DAYTON, Tenn. — Nokian Tyres' chief executive said Wednesday the Finnish tire maker will have built the most sustainable factory in its industry when it opens in 2020.
"We have clear targets and a vision for the factory and want to be the employer of choice," CEO Hille Korhonen said at the 330-acre site where she joined Gov. Bill Haslam and others to officially break ground on the nearly $400 million plant.
Haslam called the factory that will initially employ about 400 people "a really big deal for Rhea County and Tennessee."
"They could have located in a lot of places," he said about the company that will build car, SUV and light truck tires. "We expect this is the start of great things to come."
Haslam also defended the use of financial incentives used to woo Nokian and other companies to Tennessee, saying the state takes steps to verify goals set by businesses. He said the value of the state's incentives for Nokian is expected to be revealed in about two weeks.
Dennis Tumlin, Rhea County's Economic and Tourism Council executive director, said Nokian and other Finnish officials along with its customers and others all number about 200 people who are in Southeast Tennessee for several days.
He said the Nokian group, which is staying at the Chattanooga Marriott, is having receptions at the Tennessee Aquarium and Hunter Museum, among other venues.
"It's a regional project," Tumlin said.
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