WHITE, Ga.—Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. plans to expand its factory in White, boosting the site's capacity to a level needed to handle growing demand for Toyo's tires in North America.
The Osaka, Japan-headquartered tire maker's wholly owned U.S. production arm, Toyo Tire North American Manufacturing Inc., will spend an estimated $210 million on the addition.
Included in the expansion project, which will increase the size of the 129 million-sq.-ft. factory by about 700,000 square feet, is the addition of a variety of equipment, including mixing, processing and curing machinery, said James L. Hawk, president of Toyo Tire North American Manufacturing.
Toyo's White factory features large tire manufacturing, warehousing and distribution sections.
The company plans to break ground on the addition in October, he said, and complete the expansion by August 2015.
About 400 workers will be added at the factory during the course of the project, according to the executive, who also serves as chairman of Cypress, Calif.-based Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc., which oversees the Japanese company's operations in North America.
The White plant has a work force of about 770.
Initially, the additional section likely will be half full, he said. As capacity continues to grow, the remaining portion of the floor space will fill up.