Yokohama opens new US commercial tyre plant

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM) has opened a new US$300 million (€268 million) commercial truck tyre facility in West Point, Mississippi, just over 24 months after breaking ground on the site.

YTMM commemorated the occasion with more than three hundred dignitaries and guests, including Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant, at the modern, 30,000m2 facility.  

“The grand opening of our first US-built plant is truly a historic day for Yokohama,” said Tadaharu Yamamoto, President of YTMM.

“Thanks to Governor Bryant, the great state of Mississippi, the entire community of West Point, the Golden Triangle Region and the incredible Mississippi workforce, the plant site was developed to a fully operational state-of-the-art facility in record time.”

Constructed on more than 500 acres of land, the YTMM plant houses manufacturing, warehousing and operations facilities, and will reportedly produce up to one million tyres annually when running at full capacity.

“I appreciate the Yokohama team, the Mississippi Legislature and state and local officials who have worked hard from day one to expedite this project and create so many jobs for the residents of West Point and the Golden Triangle region,” said Governor Bryant.

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