- Photo: Continental 

Photo: Continental 

Continental has shipped the first tires from its Clinton, Miss., less than four years after the plant's groundbreaking. 

The Clinton plant produces large truck and bus tires for the North American market, and will employ 500 people by the end of 2020. It is Continental’s second location producing truck tires in the United States, along with Mount Vernon, Ill.

“Continental is proud to deliver the first tire shipment from the Clinton plant,” said Tom Fanning, Continental’s U.S. market manager for truck and bus tires. “This plant will produce 750,000 tires annually, enhancing our ability to service the North American market and deliver tires faster to our customers.”

Beginning to ramp up production despite the pandemic was a challenge, according to the company. The company’s first priority was the safety of its employees, leading to implementation of additional safety requirements, such as the wearing of personal protective equipment, as well as increased frequency of disinfection in common areas, stations with personal hygiene supplies, and an onsite nurse. More than 280 employees collaborated safely to deliver the first shipment of tires on time.

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