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Employees at Michelin’s Greenville, S.C., plant produced today the plant's 200 millionth tire, a Michelin P225/50R17 Pilot HX MXM4.

The plant was established in 1975 and has more than 1.4 million square feet under roof and employs 1,132 people. It has the capacity to produce 23,000 passenger tires per day, according to Modern Tire Dealer statistics.

“It’s an incredible milestone that shows Michelin’s commitment to North American manufacturing and to this community,” said Plant Manager Clarence Kegler.

Almost 100 employees at the facility have more than 30 years of experience. Richard Simmons was a lead machine operator when the first tire (a Michelin BR78 R13) rolled off the line. He was on hand today, helping to produce the 200 millionth tire as well.

“I couldn’t have imagined it when we started in 1975,” said Simmons. “But, I’m proud to be a part of such a great team and to still be contributing with 200 million tires and counting.”

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