DAYTON, Tenn. — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of its first North American manufacturing facility with two more reasons to celebrate.
The Finish tire maker said it is opening an eco-friendly administration building on its 135-acre site near Dayton and that the tire plant has earned LEED v4 silver certification.
Nokian said both milestones show the tire maker's desire "to serve as the employer of choice in Southeast Tennessee" and grow its North American presence.
David Korda, Nokian construction manager, said the accomplishments "showcase our passion for our employees and the environment. We believe these areas of growth display what Nokian Tyres is all about."
Nokian said its LEED v4 silver certification is a testament to its low emissions, energy-efficient facility and its adherence to strict environmental standards.
Nokian credited its "deep range" of sustainable elements for the certification, including:
- Smart building automation designed to save energy;
- Eco-friendly building materials;
- Efficient water and waste management systems;
- Electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot; and
- Renewable energy generation via onsite solar panels.
"Ever since we began construction of our Dayton factory, sustainability has been a chief priority," Mr. Korda said. "We're honored to receive LEED v4 Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which affirms that passion for sustainability."
Meanwhile, the 26,000 sq.-ft. administration building is powered by solar energy and features several amenities to promote the employees' health and well-being.
The factory will manufacture 4 million tires annually and employ 400.