Site master planning is well underway for Nokian Tyres’ $360 million plant in Dayton, Tenn. Groundbreaking is expected to begin in August 2017.
“We have an aggressive schedule in front of us and we’re excited about the progress that has been made so far. Our project team is fully aligned and we’re moving swiftly to have the building underway in early January 2018,” said Dennis Tumlin, executive director of the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council in Dayton.
The new plant will create up to 400 new jobs in quality control, logistics, shipping, manufacturing, building services, and administration.
“We’re proud to report that about half of our total investment will flow right back into the local Rhea County economy,” said Heinonen.
Expected to be fully operational by 2020, the new facility will be capable of producing 4 million tires annually, with room for expansion. The site will also house a distribution facility with a storage capacity of 600,000 tires at any given time.
According to the tiremaker, the Tennessee location will increase production and warehouse capacity, allowing Nokian to meet the increasing demand throughout North America.