Posted by Heidi Schwartz
Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) has signed an agreement to build a commercial truck tire plant in West Point, MS. The facility, which is expected to produce one million tires starting in 2015, will have an initial capital investment of $300 million and potential plant expansions could reach up to four times the original employment and investment levels.
“This is a historic day for Yokohama,” said Hikomitsu Noji, president and representative director of The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., YTC’s parent company in Japan. “Since our entry into the U.S. market over 40 years ago, along with the subsequent acquisition of our plant in Salem, VA in the 1980s, Yokohama has been on a continual growth. Now we will build a factory in the United States for the first time. I’d like to thank Gov. Phil Bryant and the State of Mississippi for their dedication in bringing this to fruition. I’d like to thank Mississippi as well for a very warm welcome.”
“I am honored Yokohama has selected our state for its newest U.S. tire manufacturing facility,” said Gov. Bryant. “This new plant will have a tremendous impact on the Golden Triangle region and on our state as a whole, and I welcome this highly respected company to Mississippi and look forward to our partnership in the years to come.”
“Yokohama’s decision to locate in West Point is a testament to our eager and hard-working community,” said Joe Higgins, Chief Executive Officer for the Golden Triangle Development LINK. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to the Golden Triangle and look forward to a long, successful relationship.”
“West Point and Mississippi offer the optimal mix of cost and operating conditions advantages that Yokohama is seeking to achieve,” said Darin Buelow, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and leader of Deloitte’s Real Estate & Location Strategy practice.