Kumho Tire Co. Inc. celebrated its long-awaited leap into the U.S. manufacturing sector, and its new American hometown in Macon, Ga., with the grand opening of its passenger tire plant on May 2, 2016.
Production will focus heavily on original equipment orders, with 80% of capacity dedicated to OE fitments. Kumho says the plant will focus on ultra-high performance tires.
Kumho is working to build its market share in the U.S. Recognizing the importance of its OE partnership with Kia Motors in particular, the CEO and president of Kia Motors in Georgia was among the event’s honored guests. According to Modern Tire Dealer statistics, Kumho represents nearly one-third of the market share of Kia’s OE fitments.
Construction at the site in Macon began in May 2008, but was halted after the economy faltered. Work resumed in 2014 and tire production is underway.
“A lot of us have been looking forward to this day for a long time, and we're glad this day is finally here,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Neal.