BRIDGEWATER, Nova Scotia (Oct. 19, 2007) — Michelin North American Inc.'s tire plant in Bridgewater produced its 100 millionth tire recently, 34 years after tire production began there.
The 100 millionth tire was an LTX A/T2, the company's newest light truck tire design.
The milestone was reached as Michelin gears up to modernize the plant and increase tire and steel cord production capacity.
Michelin opened the plant in 1971 beginning with the production of steel cord products and added passenger tire capacity in 1973. Today the plant makes tires for cars, light trucks and sport-utility vehicles in addition to steel cord.
"Achieving this production milestone again demonstrates how Michelin in Bridgewater is dedicated to being a leader in the manufacturing sector in Nova Scotia," said Plant Manager Dana LeBlanc.
Michelin is spending $28.9 million through 2008 to expand capacity for steel cord and $41.5 million through 2009 to raise tire capacity at the plant.
The tire maker employs 1,100 at the plant, one of three it operates in Nova Scotia.