LEXINGTON, S.C. (July 16)—Michelin North America Inc. began making its first agricultural tires in the U.S. when it opened a new agricultural tire manufacturing section at its plant in Lexington July 13. The grand opening celebration drew numerous federal, state and county officials. Michelin is making radial agricultural tires for the original equipment and replacement markets at the 500,000-sq.-ft. plant, one of two it operates in the Lexington complex. The other, which spans about 1.2 million square feet, makes off-the-road tires. Michelin has been making earthmover tires at the expanded factory, built in 1981, since 1988, a company spokeswoman said. The plant has a work force of about 200. Previously, Michelin made all radial agricultural tires in Poland.