Michelin will shift Ohio production to Alabama plant

April 12, 2007

Michelin North America Inc. will transfer tire production at its facility in Mogadore, Ohio, to its BFGoodrich plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Ohio facility builds short runs of specialty tires for rock crawling and other applications.

The transfer of production will begin in July and be completed by the end of October, when the Mogadore facility, which employs 70 people, will cease operations.

"This difficult decision to close the Mogadore facility supports Michelin’s emphasis on reducing production costs while continuing to provide its customers with quality products," says Jean-Michel Guillon, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Small Tires.

"The consolidation to the Tuscaloosa plant will take advantage of the economies of scale for the long term."

Michelin's Tuscaloosa factory currently employs approximately 1,275 people and produces BFGoodrich Tire brand passenger car and light truck tires.