GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 20, 2001) — Michelin North America Inc. announced today it will produce agricultural tires at its Lexington, S.C., plant by the end of summer 2001.
A new manufacturing area within the Lexington facility is slated for full-scale production of Michelin ag tires for the original and replacement markets.
"The new facility in Lexington will enable Michelin to meet North American demand for our agricultural tire products and have a significant impact on the market," said Patrick Riou, vice president of marketing and sales for Michelin North America Agricultural Tires. "This will enhance the quality of service to North American tractor manufacturers, tire dealers and farmers."
Michelin´s announcement confirms an earlier Tire Business report that the tire company would expand the Lexington facility in order to add capacity for farm tire production.
The Greenville-based firm opened its Lexington plant in 1981 and in 1998 added its first earthmover tire plant on that site. The facility will be devoted to Michelin radial agricultural tires designed for the North American market with "improved performance, particularly enhanced traction, flotation for minimum soil compaction, decreased irregular highway wear and long tread life in over-the-road conditions."
The Lexington facility represents a $30 million investment in South Carolina, Michelin said.