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Continental Tire Announces $129-Million Expansion Creating More Than 100 New Full-Time Jobs

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Continental Tire of the Americas has announced a $129-million expansion at its Mt. Vernon facility that is expected to create more than 100 new full-time jobs within the next three years. The company sites an increased demand for Continental and General brand tires, the need for better complexity management, and new technologies in tire production.

Vice President of Manufacturing Benny Harmse says the project includes a $95-million expansion to the commercial vehicle tire production area, $25-million expansion of the mixing facility, as well as expansion of the warehouse.

Harmse says Continental Tire continues to invest in Mt. Vernon because it is such a business-friendly community and its great, dedicated workforce. He calls the work force 'world-class in all aspects' that has proven themselves over and over.

Continental Tire has already added 350 of 450 full-time jobs as part of a passenger and light truck tire expansion announced in May 2011. The new investment will complete the commitment and possibly add even more new jobs.

The company has invested $615-million in the Mt. Vernon facility since 2006.

Harmse notes the action comes while larger companies are down sizing or holding off on expansion projects because of the economy. He again credits moving forward with the expansion because of large customer demand and the great workforce.

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