Tire production has begun at Hankook Tire America Corp.'s first manufacturing site in the U.S., giving the company the green light to join the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).

The USTMA board of directors approved the Hankook's membership at its fall meeting. Only tire makers who produce tires in the U.S. are eligible for membership.

“We are excited to have Hankook join the ranks of our organization,” says Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA CEO and president. “Hankook’s investment in the United States is a testament to opportunities for growth and prosperity in the U.S. tire manufacturing industry. The local and state economy also will see great benefit in jobs, economic output and community involvement that are hallmarks of our industry’s footprint.” 

“We are looking forward to participation in USTMA as a full tire manufacturer member,” says Hosung Suh, president of Hankook Tire America Corp. “We appreciate the opportunity to add our voice to the U.S. tire manufacturing community through USTMA and look forward to working with the organization to strengthen our industry.”

The USTMA was previously known as the Rubber Manufacturers Association, or RMA.

Hankook has become the 11th USTMA member, alongside Bridgestone Americas Inc., Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hankook Tire America Corp., Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc., Michelin North America Inc., Pirelli Tire North America, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and Yokohama Tire Corp.

For more information about USTMA, visit www.USTires.org.

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