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Continental Celebrates Grand Opening of New Mississippi Tire Plant

17/10/2019
  • Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and Continental Executive Board Member Christian Koetz join ceremony
  • Investment will create 2,500 jobs
  • Project is part of Continental’s Tire Division ‘Vision 2025’ growth strategy

 

Hanover/Clinton, October 17, 2019. Continental, technology company and manufacturer of premium tires, celebrated a major milestone for its new tire plant near Clinton, Mississippi, with a grand opening ceremony yesterday. The celebration marks the completion of the construction process, which began in 2016. Approximately 300 guests, including state and local officials, along with community members, customers, and suppliers as well as 250 Continental employees joined the event.

From left: the Honorable Peggy Calhoun, President of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors; Michael Egner, Continental Clinton Plant Manager; Jason Wallace, Continental Tire Clinton Plant employee; Philip Gunn, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives; the Honorable Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi; the Honorable Tate Reeves, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi; Travis Chambliss, Continental Tire Clinton Plant employee; Paul Williams, Continental Executive Vice President of Commercial Vehicle Tires in the Americas; Christian Koetz, Continental Executive Board Member.

The new plant is located on a 1,000-acre greenfield site in Clinton, close to Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, United States. Continental expects to employ 2,500 people when the plant reaches full capacity in the next decade. The plant will produce large truck and bus tires for the U.S. market. Production is set to begin in early 2020.

Christian Koetz, member of Continental’s Executive Board and Head of the Tire Division, added, “The completion of our new tire plant signifies a major step in our global long-term growth strategy ‘Vision 2025’ for Continental Tires. Mississippi is a critical part of this strategy, providing the best options for us to enhance the tire business in the Americas region. We plan to grow here together with our amazing team in Clinton and we appreciate the strong support we have received from all stakeholders involved.” 

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Christian Koetz, member of Continental’s Executive Board and Head of the Tire Division

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Paul Williams, Executive Vice President, Truck Tires at Continental, the Americas region

Continental is a manufacturer of premium tires, including commercial vehicle tires and has seen customer demand in the segment growing globally in the past decade, both in new truck and bus tires, as well as tire retreads. This growth led the company to establish further production capacity in the USA with its new Clinton, Mississippi plant.

From left: Paul Williams, Continental Executive Vice President of Commercial Vehicle Tires in the Americas; Philip Gunn, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives; the Honorable Tate Reeves, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi; Michael Egner, Continental Clinton Plant Manager; the Honorable Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi; Christian Koetz, Continental Executive Board Member; and the Honorable Peggy Calhoun, President of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

“This is Continental’s first new plant dedicated to truck tires in the world,” said Paul Williams, executive vice president, Commercial Vehicle Tires, the Americas. “We have seen tremendous growth in this area of our business and the addition of this production facility will help us continue to satisfy customer orders. The state of Mississippi, Hinds County and the City of Clinton have been outstanding partners to help us create this facility, which will provide excellent jobs for the years and decades to come.”

The Honorable Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi, speaks at the Continental Tire Clinton Plant grand opening ceremony as Paul Williams, Philip Gunn, and the Honorable Tate Reeves look on.

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Cordula Ressing
Cordula Ressing

Head of Communications/ Public Relations Passenger & Light Truck Tires (PLT)

Continental AG l Division Tires

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