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350 million tires: Cooper rolls in Texarkana

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The Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. recently celebrated the production of 350 million tires at its Texarkana, Ark. manufacturing plant, the most tires ever produced by a single facility in Cooper Tire history.

Scott Cole, Cooper’s Texarkana plant manager, hosted the event to mark the production milestone and thank the employees whose hard work and dedication led to the record accomplishment.

“Achieving the production of 350 million tires at our plant is a great accomplishment for the Texarkana team,” said Cole. “That number of tires, stacked end-to-end, would stretch over 132,500 miles or the equivalent of five trips around the world!

“I appreciate the productivity and quality that our team has delivered throughout nearly five decades in Texarkana. With great effort, great things can be accomplished. We look forward to millions more as we continue to focus on production efficiency and quality.”

“Despite a challenging economy and highly competitive tire industry, the Texarkana plant has continued to grow and evolve over the years, demonstrating its ability to perform and contribute significantly to our company and the community of Texarkana,” said Chris Ostrander, president of North America Tire Operations for Cooper.

“I would like to commend the entire Texarkana team and those who have gone before them for their efforts and commitment in achieving this milestone.”

The 350-millionth tire was produced March 6, 2013, and is a Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx, a top-selling commercial-grade light truck tire that performs in the toughest terrains while retaining good on-road traction, stability and low noise characteristics. The Texarkana facility opened in 1964 and employs more than 1,700 workers.

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