NEW HAVEN, Conn. (May 31, 2001)—Pirelli Tire North America Inc. will relocate its headquarters by mid-2002 from New Haven to Rome, Ga., the site of its $141 million Modular Integrated Roboticized System tire plant currently under construction.
The headquarters and factory will share a building in Rome, a city of 30,000 residents northwest of Atlanta near the Alabama border. The company also will house its research and development facility at the factory, replacing the existing R&D center at its recently closed tire plant in Hanford, Calif. A spokesman said the company anticipates only about 15 of the 50 employees in New Haven will move to Rome.
“There's no particular reason to be located in New Haven,” the spokesman said. “We can see the benefit of having the headquarters located next to the factory.”