Conti's plans for the agricultural market mark a return to this sector for the Hannover-based firm. Conti exited the business in 2004 when it sold its farm tire activities to CGS Group of Czech Republic, including rights to the name and production capacity at a plant in Otrokovice, Czech Republic,
CGS later built its own dedicated farm tire plant in Holesov, Czech Republic, and moved the business it bought from Conti to that factory. CGS/Mitas opted to phase out the Continental brand name in 2011/12 in favor of its own Mitas and Cultor brands.
It also opened a farm tire in plant in the U.S., in Charles City, Iowa, in 2012.
Sweden's Trelleborg A.B. is in the process of buying CGS/Mitas.
The rubber tracks business covers about 200 separate specifications used in a variety of construction and agriculture applications to drive high-horsepower tractors, harvesters, grain carts, asphalt pavers and other miscellaneous applications.
Goodyear established the business in 1992 at an existing molded rubber goods plant in St. Marys, Ohio. That facility passed the 150,000 mark in rubber track production — equal to more than 3.5 million feet, or 195 million pounds, of track — last year.
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