MOUNT VERNON, Ill.—Construction crews working on the expansion of Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C's Mount Vernon tire plant will "top out" the project on June 18 by placing the final steel beam on the $95 million, 80,000-sq.-ft. addition.
Mount Vernon city officials and Continental employees were invited to sign the steel beam that is will be used to complete the expansion's framework, Conti said. Construction on the expansion started in January, and the expanded capacity is scheduled to be on stream before year-end 2015.
"We are committed to the city of Mount Vernon and the state of Illinois, and we want to share our successes with them," said Benny Harmse, plant manager. "(This milestone) … represents the job opportunity and economic vitality Continental continues to bring to the Mount Vernon area."
The project, which includes adding capacity for wide-base single truck tires, is part of a five-year, $224 million investment at the sprawling car and truck tire manufacturing complex in southern Illinois. It will raise annual capacity for truck tires to about 3.2 million units and create more than 80 jobs, Conti said.
The project includes adding mixing capacity to support the expanded production.
Event attendees, including Mount Vernon mayor Mary Jane Chesley, were invited to tour the facility, Conti said. The expansion of car and light truck tire capacity to 13.4 million units annually is nearly 95 percent complete.
"As construction continues, we will focus on recruiting, training and developing our team," Harmse said. "Some of the key positions we will recruit for this year include supervisors, machine operators, material handlers and crew members to support our CVT production."
Continental has invested more than $615 million since 2006 in the Mount Vernon facility. Since 2010, the tire maker has added 770 full-time jobs