ERJ staff report (RPN)
By Mike McNulty, Rubber & Plastics News
Findlay, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is planning to add a global technical centre at its Findlay research and development complex to accelerate growth of its advanced tire and material technologies.
Cooper will spend more than $40 million in a five-year span on the new operation, according to a spokeswoman for the Ohio Third Frontier, which is funding a portion of the project.
Cooper's global technical centre will occupy the second floor of the tire maker's North American tech centre, the firm's spokeswoman said. The entire floor, currently unused, will be refurbished, she said, adding that the facility was built by Cooper with room to grow.
Work on the global centre is expected to begin shortly, and Cooper hopes to complete the expansion project by the end of 2013.
All the new staffers hired by the company will be technical centre employees, including engineers, scientists, technicians and technical managers, the spokeswoman said. Cooper has not released other details on the addition as yet and won't until the Ohio Third Frontier's controlling board officially has approved its funding for the project.
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