Michelin North America is investing $22 million in its Dothan, Alabama, facility in order to increase the production of its high-performance light truck and SUV passenger tires. Michelin said the investment will create about 40 new jobs at the plant. Currently, the Dothan facility employs 560 people.
“Over the past several years, the Dothan site has demonstrated its ability to deliver the high-quality tires that consumers demand from Michelin,” said Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America. “This investment here is a testament to the trust we have in our Dothan employees.”
Selleck said the investment will include significant equipment upgrades that will result in a 10 percent increase in production. Installation of the upgrades has begun at the facility and will be completed by the summer of 2016.
Michelin began manufacturing in the U.S. in 1975. Since that time, the company has invested more than $8.6 billion in the U.S.