Groundbreaking for the new Giti Tire manufacturing plant will begin February 12th at 11 a.m. off Lancaster Highway.
The new plant will create 1,700 new jobs for Chester county.
Giti Tire is the 10th largest tire company in the world and this will be its first North American manufacturing facility. The company will invest $560 million to create 1,700 new jobs over the next ten years.
According to the South Carolina Department of Commerce Giti Tire is based in Singapore and will create both passenger and light truck tires for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and replacement markets in the Chester County plant. The new plant will be on the Carolinas I-77 Mega Site and will combine manufacturing and distribution activities. The total building area will be an estimated 1.8 million square feet.
The plant expects to make five million tires annually in its first phase of production and it will be Giti's ninth manufacturing plant in its global system.
According to the South Carolina Department of Commerce the company chose to build in South Carolina for various reasons, including the area's workforce and training opportunities through the technical college system, proximity to major transportation infrastructure and deep-water port facilities in Charleston, market access to the growing Southeast region and the state's business-friendly environment.
readySC will be helping the company with the recruiting and training of its initial workforce.