Michelin Group says it will end tire production at its plant in Ardmore, Okla., which has been producing passenger tires for the tiremaker since 1970.
In a brief statement, the company says the decision "is linked to the North American market's shifting needs and transformations, and the site not being equipped to deliver tires at competitive costs to meet those evolving market demands."
The company expects to wind down tire production at the plant by the end of 2025.
According to the MTD Facts Issue, the plant has the capacity to produce 37,500 passenger tires a day, in addition to 3,400 light truck tires daily.
MTD data shows it is Michelin's largest passenger tire production site in the U.S. — just barely ahead of the company's original passenger plant in Greenville, S.C., which produces 36,700 passenger tires a day.
The shutdown in Ardmore affects approximately 1,400 workers, Michelin says.
In 2010 when Michelin celebrated the plant's 40th anniversary, it employed more than 1,700 people and production spanned 1.5 million square feet. The factory originally began as a Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. facility, and was added to the Michelin portfolio when the French tiremaker acquired Uniroyal Goodrich in 1990.