CORNELIUS, N.C.—Yokohama Tire Corp. has opened a new research and development facility in Cornelius, designed to bring together its R&D efforts into one location.
Yokohama Development Center America will become the firm's R&D hub throughout North America and represents its largest overseas R&D center in both functions and number of employees.
The firm intends to consolidate its staffs operating throughout the U.S. to the new center, including sites in California, Michigan, Virginia and Mississippi. Thomas Kenny, Yokohama Tire director of consumer tire development, said in an email that the firm expects to move in its staff and be fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The center will employ 25 initially, but Kenny said that number will more than double in the future. Yokohama did not disclose financial details of the project.
He added that the site will consist of several state-of-the-art tire characteristic machines that will be used on-site for testing. The facility will encompass both office space, tire labs and a garage.