Even though plans for a couple of major tire manufacturing plants were put on hold, there were still multiple sites being built in the U.S.
Including one in the rubber capital of the world.
Bridgestone Corp. is constructing an 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Akron that is expected to be finished by the end of 2019 with production scheduled to begin before the end of 2020.
When fully operational, the site will produce about 30,000 race tires per year. It will take about four years to fully integrate the new site.
Investment details were not disclosed.
Continental A.G. opened its tire manufacturing plant in Clinton, Miss., in October, representing a $1.4 billion investment. The site will employ about 2,500 people as it scales up to full capacity throughout the next decade.
Two years after breaking ground in Dayton, Tenn., Nokian Tyres P.L.C. began production at its $360 million plant in October. It currently employs about 100 and is expected to reach about 400 when the 830,000-sq.-ft. site reaches full capacity.
And while not a new tire plant, Toyo Tire moved ahead with an expansion it disclosed in 2017 at its facility in White, Ga., to boost capacity by nearly 10 percent to 13.9 million passenger and light truck tires by January 2021. The firm budgeted nearly $65 million for the project, part of its fifth phase of expansions, and will create about 120 new jobs. It has invested more than $1 billion at the facility since it opened in 2005.