BRIDGEWATER, Nova Scotia (Aug. 29) — An expansion at Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.´s Bridgewater facility will increase capacity for the production of steel cable and the phasing in of about 36 jobs as the project progresses.
The province of Nova Scotia and Michelin announced today a project to expand and modernize the steel cord products operation at the plant. The expansion addresses growing demand for steel cable, which is used in the production of earthmover and truck tires, and is due to be completed in 2008.
Michelin is investing $32 million Canadian and the province is investing up to $4.38 million to increase the operation´s cable capacity by 11 percent to supply plant expansions for truck and earthmover tires at Michelin´s Waterville, Nova Scotia, and Lexington, S.C., facilities.
The growing demand for Michelin earthmover and truck tires is a key driver for this investment in Bridgewater, the company said. Michelin´s plans for expansion include the addition of about 8,700 square meters to the existing plant structure, modernization of cabling process machinery, and the addition of technical and manufacturing employees related to the production of steel cord products.
Michelin´s Bridgewater facility produces steel cord products and tires for cars, light trucks and SUV´s. Michelin opened the facility in 1971 beginning with the production of steel cord product and two years later followed with its first passenger tire.