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Aug292018

Michelin to Reactivate Earth Mover Plant at Thursday Event

Michelin will officially reactivate their Anderson US10 plant, which manufactures the company's largest tire, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday during an event at the facility.

Michelin manufacters "the Earthmover" tire (which can stand up to 13 feet tall and weigh up to 5.5 tons) for the global mining business at the plant. The event to reactivate the plant, which was idled in 2015, will include remarks from global Michelin executives as well as local and state government officials.

A spokesperson for Michelin said while the ceased manufacturing at the plant in 2015, the facility was never actually closed since a maintenance and training crew was still working on site.

The factory opened in 2013, and, as the fastest greenfield construction in Michelin’s history, began production of commercially available tires in January 2014.

Michelin is South Carolina’s largest manufacturing employer.

The US10 facility is Michelin’s 19th plant in North America and ninth in the state of South Carolina. It will produce large Earthmover tires – which can stand up to 13 feet tall and weigh up to 5.5 tons – for more than 1,300 mining operations around the world. Eighty percent of the tires manufactured at this facility will be exported, most of it through the Port of Charleston.

The Earthmover tire plant is adjacent to Michelin’s existing rubber processing plant in Starr, S.C., and is the third Michelin plant in Anderson County. The company also operates a 2.5 million square foot rubber processing plant, the largest in the world, in Sandy Springs.

In addition to the Lexington and Anderson County plants, Michelin produces Earthmover tires  in Waterville, Canada; Campo Grande, Brazil; Le Puy-en-Velay and Montceau, France; Vitoria, Spain and Zalau, Romania.

The plant is located at 1 Bib Way, Anderson, SC 29626

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