The storage facility, to be complete by mid-2024, will hold up to 600,000 tires
Dayton – Wednesday afternoon Nokian Tyres (NT) held a tour of their new facility in Dayton. The company told the Upper Cumberland Business Journal they will be looking to Putnam and Cumberland Counties for talent.
“The Putnam and Cumberland County areas are recruiting targets for us in this hiring campaign,” said an NT representative.
Tour – Nokian Tyres invited the public to tour it’s new facility.
NT has begun construction on a finished goods warehouse production campus that will hold as many as 600,000 tires. The facility will be ready for use by mid-2024.
NT and its design-build construction firm, BC Construction Group, broke ground in early March on the 350,000 square-foot warehouse, designed by Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects. NT is continuing its long-term partnership with Faithful+Gould to provide project management services for the facility.
The new warehouse will sit adjacent to Nokian Tyres’ Dayton Factory, which is currently doubling production to manufacture as many as 4 million tires per year by 2024. The global tiremaker is hiring 125 team members to increase its workforce at the Southeast Tennessee campus to 475 employees.
The new storage space will join the company’s nine-warehouse network throughout the U.S. and Canada and will serve a growing volume of customers in the Sun Belt.
“As Nokian Tyres grows in Southeast Tennessee and throughout North America, this storage warehouse will help us manage the increased volume of tires flowing to our customers,” said Nokian Tyres Dayton Factory Operations Director David Korda. “It’s another step forward in our quest to deliver safe, sustainable tires for North American drivers.”
The warehouse serves as a high-tech complement to the Dayton Factory, which is one of the most advanced and sustainable tire production facilities in the world. Automated conveyors will deliver tires from the factory to the warehouse via an overhead bridge that connects the buildings. At the warehouse, they will be automatically stacked into steel storage racks without being touched by hand.
NT opened its Dayton Factory in fall 2019 and began producing tires for commercial sale in early 2020. The company is adding equipment inside the factory’s existing footprint that will enable it to double production of all-season and all-weather tires at the facility. The expansion will also allow NT to add light truck tires to the Dayton Factory’s product mix in 2023.
In its three-plus years of operations in Dayton, the company has earned recognition for its workplace culture, operations and sustainability. NT was the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association’s Company of the Year in 2021, and the company was the first in Rhea County to receive the prestigious Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award.
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