DAYTON, Tenn.—Nokian Tyres Inc. plans to add up to 150 jobs in the first half of 2021 in what it is calling "the most ambitious hiring campaign yet" at its Dayton factory.
Hiring is underway. Interested candidates can apply at NokianTires.com/DaytonFactory.
Nokian is hiring employees in its mixing, tire production, maintenance and logistics areas, and those interested in performing tasks related to general factory overhead and quality control.
Most production positions require a high school diploma or GED and experience with lean/process improvement tools and/or interest in advancing knowledge in this area.
An associate's degree from an accredited community, technical or vocational college is preferred, as is one or two years of direct experience in a manufacturing environment.
"Nokian Tyres is eager to welcome new employees to our team as part of our quest to be an employer of choice in Southeast Tennessee," said Dayton Factory HR Operations Manager Blake Markham. "This latest hiring phase will nearly double our workforce and allow us to significantly increase production of safe, sustainable tires at our high-tech factory."
The hirings will enable the factory to expand from two production shifts to four.
The Southeast Tennessee facility opened in the fall of 2019. Last year, it was the first tire factory to earn LEED v4 Silver certification, a result of its solar energy, energy efficiency and eco-friendly design, the company said. Last April, the factory earned ISO 9001 quality certification just six months after officially opening.
Nokian plans to hire approximately 400 employees to produce tires and oversee operations at the Dayton factory by 2023. It eventually aims to make as many as four million tires per year at the facility.