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Continental Marks Key U.S. Plant Anniversaries and Continued Commitment to Customers


Fast Facts

  • The company has invested around 1.5 billion USD in its U.S. tire manufacturing operations in the last decade
  • Continental's U.S. tire plants have an annual production capacity of more than 16 million tires per year and employ more than 6,700 employees
  • "Our manufacturing investments allow us to deliver premium products and services to customers and meet the U.S. market demand, creating continued value for all stakeholders," said Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas
CEO of Continental Tires the Americas Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tires the Americas

"Tires from Continental stand for high performance and premium quality. Since 1988, when Continental first started manufacturing operations in the U.S., we have strategically and consistently enhanced the manufacturing footprint to support growth in the American market. This is integral to our overall success,” said Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas. “Our manufacturing investments allow us to deliver premium products and services to customers and meet the U.S. market demand, creating continued value for all stakeholders," he added.

Head of Manufacturing of Continental Tire the Americas Benny Harmse, Head of Manufacturing Continental Tire the Americas

Continental’s U.S. tire manufacturing plants stand for both tradition and innovation. The Mt. Vernon plant produced its first tire in 1974 and has a product portfolio of both Passenger Light Truck Tires (PLT) and truck tires (TT); it employs a team of over 3,900. The Sumter plant, officially opened in 2014, employs approximately 1,300 employees and focuses on producing PLT tires. The newest Continental tire plant is located in Clinton.

It officially opened in 2019, employs around 700 people, and produces TT tires. Continental’s serves both original equipment and replacement customers from these plants. There are additional manufacturing locations in Aldora Mills, Barnesville, GA, which produces tire cords, and in Plymouth, Ind., where Hoosier produces racing tires.

Continental continues to be recognized nationally as an employer of choice. Most recently, the company was recognized as one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes for the eighth time. Continental was also named as one of the World’s Top Companies for Women by Forbes in 2023. These acknowledgments underscore Continental's inclusive culture globally, reinforcing its position as a leading tire manufacturer and provider of stable, appealing career prospects.

About Continental

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2023, Continental generated sales of €41.4 billion and currently employs around 200,000 people in 56 countries and markets.

Tire solutions from the Tires group sector make mobility safer, smarter, and more sustainable. Its premium portfolio encompasses car, truck, bus, two-wheel, and specialty tires as well as smart solutions and services for fleets and tire retailers. Continental delivers top performance for more than 150 years and is one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers. In fiscal 2023, the Tires group sector generated sales of 14 billion euros. Continental's tire division employs more than 56,000 people worldwide and has 20 production and 16 development sites.

Press Contact

Alison Bowker
Marketing Communications Manager
Truck Tire

Continental Tire the Americas
1830 MacMillan Park Drive
Fort Mill, SC  29707
Tel: +1 839 214 6732

Ildikó Kovács
Head of Global Locations Communication
Manufacturing & Logistics Tires
Tel: +49 511 976 36221

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