Cooper to make motorcycle tyres at Georgia plant

Athens, Georgia–Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s conversion of a retread materials plant in Athens to motorsports tyre production will include capacity for high-performance motorcycle tyres, the firm said recently.

Cooper is testing equipment now in preparation of making the first test tyres in June, a spokeswoman said. Commercial scale production, beginning with Mickey Thompson brand DOT ET street radials, should begin in the third quarter.

Cooper disclosed plans in July to convert the factory, acquired in 1999 as part of its purchase of Standard Products Co., at…

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