Construction update on the $380 million Nokian Tyres Dayton plant
As progress continues on the $380 million Nokian Tyres Plant in Dayton, the company is entering the first phase of hiring.
Communications Manager Wes Boling says they're looking for employees with manufacturing experience.
Boling says the infrastructure, and local workforce, are two of the main reasons the Finland company picked Dayton to build its first U.S. plant.
"This is a manufacturing rich culture here in southeast Tennessee," Boling said. "We knew that we would have qualified, capable workers to fill the jobs that we needed to fill."
The company is looking to hire up to 250 people by the end of the year.
Employees will receive hands on training in Europe.
We took a tour Wednesday to see how construction is going.
Most of the outside of the mixing tower, and production building are complete.
"The mixing area is where we mix all that rubber," Boling said. "Our rubber compound is really what sets us apart."
Workers are currently installing manufacturing equipment inside.
Up to four million tires a year will be assembled in the production plant.
Boling says safety and sustainability are important to the company.
"We want to be good environmentally friendly partners here in southeast Tennessee," Boling said. "We don't have any cancer causing chemicals in tires, we were the first in the industry to get to that point."
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State records show the company won't have to pay city or county property taxes for 20 years.
Commercial production will begin in 2020.
The company's goal is to double the amount of North American sales by 2023.