WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has accepted Nokian Tyres P.L.C. — which opened its first U.S. factory, in Dayton, Tenn., in 2019 — as its 13th member.
"Nokian Tyres' investment in the United States is a testament to the continued opportunities for growth and prosperity in the U.S. tire manufacturing industry," USTMA President and CEO Anne Forristall Luke said.
"The local and state economy in Tennessee also will see great benefit in jobs, economic output and community involvement that are hallmarks of our industry's footprint."
Nokian commissioned production at its Dayton passenger/light truck tire plant in October, two years after breaking ground on the $360 million project.
The plant — rated at 4 million tires a year at full capacity—is the Finnish company's third factory overall and first outside of Europe.
USTMA members employ nearly 100,000 workers, operate 58 tire-related facilities in 17 states and generate more than $27 billion in annual sales.