NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 13, 2016) — Hankook Tire America Corp. executives, along with Tennessee officials, announced today that the South Korean tire maker will relocate its North American headquarters to Nashville from Wayne, N.J., investing approximately $5 million and creating up to 200 jobs in Davidson County in the process.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam — who appeared at a press conference today with other state officials including Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd — said that by “choosing Nashville for the location of its North American headquarters, Hankook Tire continues to help make our state known as a worldwide leader in the automotive sector.
“This will be the company's second facility in Tennessee — an investment that brings us closer to our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the state for high quality jobs, and we thank Hankook for its commitment to creating jobs in Tennessee.”
In announcing the move to Nashville later this year, Hankook Tire Vice Chairman and CEO Seung Hwa Suh said the tire maker believes that “by relocating our headquarters to Nashville, Hankook Tire can benefit from the people, resources and infrastructures of Tennessee, and we hope it will provide job opportunities and contribute to the Tennessee economy.”
This is the second facility in the state for Hankook — which said it is in the process of looking in downtown Nashville for space for the new headquarters. In 2014 the company broke ground on a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Clarksville, Tenn., that is due to begin production by year-end.
Both moves are part of Hankook's expanded plans to service North American markets as well as auto makers located in the state.