Nokian Tyres rolls toward 2019 startup
DAYTON, Tenn. — Construction is on track for Nokian Tyres' new plant to start making tires in the second half of 2019, and that may be just the start, as four more potential phases are eyed.
The initial $360 million phase is well underway, with the first plant wall already up on the 135-acre tract off U.S. Highway 27.
More construction milestones are ahead, with the raising of structural steel for the factory set for August, officials said Wednesday at the sprawling greenfield site. When in full production in 2020, the plant will employ 400 workers.
"It will produce 4 million tires annually," said Hans Dyhrman, Nokian's marketing director.
Should the Finland-based manufacturer make the investment, each of the future phases could add another 4 million tires a year in production, he said. That could include not just tires for cars and SUVs, but for heavy equipment as well, Dyhrman said.
"As Nokian grows, we'll add other buildings," he said.
Dennis McCann, Nokian's construction project manager, said the tract is large enough to hold phases four and five, should the company move ahead.
About 250 consturction workers are now on site and that number will swell in coming months.
Nokian has said the 830,000-square-foot plant will position the company as a key player in the all-season tire business. The company, known for its winter tires, wants to double annual North American sales in five years.
Shayne Ingersoll, Nokian's head of human resources in North America, said the company currently is recruiting for key leadership posts at the plant. Large-scale hiring of workers is set for the second part of 2019, she said.
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