Continental's South Carolina plant ahead of schedule
ERJ staff report (BC)
Sumter, South Carolina - Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. has said construction of its Sumter tire factory is ahead of schedule, according to Rubber & Plastics News.
Since groundbreaking took place in March, Conti has hired 50 for the factory and expects to have 300 employees at the site by the end of 2013.
â€œThis year we focused on hiring key members of our management team and a variety of engineers,â€ said Sumter Plant Manager Craig Baartman, whose position was announced in August. â€œWe plan to have our complete management team on board in 2013.â€
Conti hired 18 multicraft technician employees in 2012, each of whom will spend about 12 weeks training at a Conti tire plant in Illinois, Germany, Portugal, France or Mexico to prepare them for their job in Sumter.
The $500 million plant should begin production in late 2013 or early 2014, the maker said. It will have the capacity to produce about 8 million passenger and light truck tires when at full capacity by 2021.