From Staff & Wire Reports
Toyo North America has appointed Shozo (Carlos) Kibata president, and Toyo Tire (USA) Corp. has appointed Masaharu Yoshimoto executive vice president.
Kibata, who will remain president of Toyo Tire (USA) Corp., will be stationed in Georgia, beginning in July, to oversee the construction and operation of the tiremaker’s new U.S. manufacturing facility in Bartow County. The facility is forecasted to produce 2 million tires annually for the North American passenger car and light truck segments.
Yoshimoto joined Toyo Group in April 1972 and worked in the U.S. for seven years. Since June 2001, he served as president and CEO of Toyo Tyre & Rubber Australia Limited.
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