A more traditional rubber tread is bonded to the flat rim for road grip.
After initially touting the Tweel as a possible replacement for pneumatic tires in many applications, Michelin has scaled back the product's commercial application range to skid-steers and other industrial applications as an alternative to pneumatics, solids or filled pneumatics.
The Tweel made its commercial debut in late 2012 after seven years in development.
Michelin distributes the Tweel through a network of designated dealers, including: A&E Tire Inc., Bauer Built Inc., Colony Tire, East Bay Tire Co., Jack's Tire & Oil, Linnorab Inc., Pete's Tire Barns Inc., Raben Tire Co. Inc., Service Tire Truck Center Inc., Snider Tire, Strouhal Tire Recapping Inc., Tulare Firestone, and Valley Tire, along with Michelin's own TCi Tire Centers L.L.C. network.
In Canada, the Tweel is distributed by Kal Tire, Kirk's Tire, Tirecraft and Midway Tire.
Michelin North America Chairman Pete Selleck and Michelin Tweel Technologies Vice President Ralph Dimenna are scheduled to be on hand for the ribbon-cutting opening the new plant in Piedmont, along with Greenville County Officials.
An Internet search of the property address where the plant is located shows it previously was occupied by Divatex Home Furnishings, a New York-based designer and manufacturer of products such as comforters, bedding, towels and curtains. The structure sits on a plot of 12.9 acres.