GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 6, 2005) — Michelin North America Inc. this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary of manufacturing, research and development and testing in the U.S.
Michelin established its base in South Carolina in 1975 with a raw materials plant in Sandy Springs, S.C., a proving grounds in Laurens, S.C., and a passenger and light truck tire plant and research and development center in Greenville.
The tire maker now operates 21 manufacturing facilities in 17 locations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Michelin has nine plants in the U.S. In 2004 the company announced plans to expand its tread processing plant in Covington, Ga., its commercial truck tire plant in Spartanburg, S.C., and its tire plants in Nova Scotia plus increase capacity at its Lexington, S.C., earthmover tire plant.
“North America accounts for over one-third of Michelin's global sales, so it plays a crucial role in the health and performance of the company as a whole,” said Jim Micali, chairman and president of Michelin.
For the anniversary, the company said many of its plants will host “family day” celebrations.