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Toyo manufactures 5 millionth tire in the U.S.

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Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. (TNA) recently produced its 5 millionth tire at its plant in White, Ga.

The TNA plant -- the most technologically advanced manufacturing facility in the global network of Toyo tires plants, according to the company -- utilizes a highly automated and proprietary tire production system called Advanced Tire Operation Module (A.T.O.M.).

Resulting in consistent, uniform tires, the A.T.O.M. system is designed for multi-product, small-lot production with reduced lead times. An expansion project completed last year doubled the facility’s physical size to approximately 1.72-million square feet.

Current annual capacity at the facility, which is ISO 9001:2000 certified, is 2.5 million tires, with plans already in motion to install new machines and expand production capabilities as early as this summer.

In May 2009, the State of Georgia named TNA Georgia Manufacturer of the Year.

“North America continues to be the most important market for both the Toyo tires and Nitto brands,” saus Kenji Nakakura, CEO and president of Toyo's parent company, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co.
"Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, strategically located in the United States, benefits both dealers and consumers by delivering our premium tires faster while reducing overall costs. I can confidently say, as a company we will continue to invest in the United States.”

Products currently manufactured at the facility include:  the Toyo Proxes ST II, Toyo Open Country M/T, Toyo Open Country A/T, Toyo Proxes 4, Nitto Grappler, Nitto NT 420S and Nitto NT 555. Output is projected to be 4 million tires by the year 2012.

As production increases, Toyo Tires plans to hire more people from the local area, adds the company.
Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. To learn more about the full line of products from Toyo, visit www.toyotires.com. To learn more about the full line of products from NItto, visiti www.nittotire.com.

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