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Michelin to Double Super Wide Production with Expansion

(Akron/Tire Review) Despite its competition’s so-so attitude about super wide tires, Michelin North America (MNA) has aggressively pursued the medium truck tire segment and has now committed $80 million to expand production of its X One units.

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MNA announced last week that it would install X One production at its Waterville, Nova Scotia, tire plant, effectively doubling its capacity to produce the super wide line.

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The investment will also add 75 jobs to the non-union plant, MNA said, and make Waterville Michelin’s second largest truck tire plant in the world.

"This investment and the assignment of the revolutionary X One tire production to Waterville is a testament to the skills of our people and their ability to deliver and remain competitive in the global tire market," says Grant Ferguson, Waterville’s plant manager. "Investing in our plant helps to ensure long-term competitiveness, future employment and continued economic support for our community."

MNA will bring in new equipment and technical and manufacturing employees. The Nova Scotia government has committed $9.4 million to help with the expansion.

This marked the second major plant expansion announced by MNA in recent months. In December 2005, MNA announced a $85 million expansion at its Lexington, S.C., OTR tire plant.

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