DAYTON, Tenn.—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has found a unique way to pay homage to the commercial rail industry, not too far from the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo.
The Finish tire maker is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum to use a restored locomotive to deliver raw materials to the storage warehouse at its factory in Dayton, about 42 miles away from Chattanooga and its famous railway hotel.
According to Nokian, the locomotive will pull train cars one mile from Norfolk Southern's rail line to the facility's storage bay, enabling the tire maker to process the volume of materials necessary to accommodate demand for tires produced at the factory.
Nokian said the option is more efficient and more sustainable.