Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc., maker of Toyo and Nitto brand tires, recently produced its 5 millionth tire at its White, Ga. Plant.
Toyo uses a highly automated and proprietary tire production system called Advanced Tire Operation Module (ATOM), which results in highly consistent, highly uniform tires, the company said. Considered the most technologically advanced manufacturing facility in the global network of Toyo plants, an expansion project was completed last year that doubled the facility’s physical size to approximately 1.72-million square feet.
Open since December 2005, the plant’s current annual capacity is 2.5 million tires with plans already in motion to install new machines and expand production capabilities as early as this summer.
An ISO 9001:2000 certified company, TNA employs an American workforce and is a corporate partner supporting the local Georgia economy. In May 2009, the State of Georgia awarded TNA Georgia Manufacturer of the Year, honoring large companies with more than 500 employees.
“North America continues to be the most important market for both the Toyo Tires and Nitto brands,” said Kenji Nakakura, president and CEO of Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. of Osaka, Japan. “Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, strategically located in the U.S., benefits both dealers and consumers by delivering our premium tires faster while reducing overall costs. I can confidently say, as a company we will continue to invest in the United States.”
Products currently manufactured at the facility include: Toyo Proxes ST II, Toyo Open Country M/T, Toyo Open Country A/T, Toyo Proxes 4, Nitto Grappler, Nitto NT 420S and Nitto NT 555. Output is projected to be 4 million tires annually by the year 2012.