STARR, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. has resumed production of giant mining tires at its 5-year-old earthmover tire plant in Starr, where production was suspended in late 2015 in the wake of slowing global demand for mining tires.
Michelin started the process of "re-energizing" the plant a few months ago and already is turning out a limited number of tires a day, according to Bruce Brackett, head of global mining for Michelin.
The company will ramp up production steadily over the coming months, Mr. Brackett said, and hit full-scale commercial production by the third quarter of 2019. Mr. Brackett declined to quantify the plant's rated capacity.
Tires built at the Starr plant are used almost exclusively in open-pit mining, Mr. Bracket said. The plant has capacity for 57- and 63-inch mining tires.