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Construction on Continental’s Mississippi training center set to begin.

New car tyres are seen inside the Clairoix Continental tyre factory March 12, 2009 the day after announcements that the company will cut nearly 2,000 jobs and close production at two high-cost European tyre manufacturing sites amid a severe crisis in the auto industry. Production capacity of 8 million car tyres annually in its French site in Clairoix would affect some 1,200 employees.      REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE TRANSPORT BUSINESS) - RTXCOHY
Posted: January 17, 2018 at 10:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

About two years after announcing it will build a $1.45 billion tyre plant west of Jackson, Mississippi, Continental Tyre is ready to start construction on its employee training centre in the area.

The centre will be the first related facility completed and will be used for job interviews, employee onboarding and training. It is expected to open in fall 2018, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, and will be equipped with classrooms, computer labs and areas for hands-on technical training. Construction of Continental’s commercial vehicle tyre plant is set to begin early this year with tyre production planned for the end of 2019.

About 250-500 people are expected to be hired in its first phase from October through 2019. Through 2028, 2,500 jobs will be provided by the plant. Continental will receive $650 million in spending and tax breaks from state and local governments related to the plant build and provided employment. In addition to programs offered at the training centre, some new employees will visit Continental’s other tyre plants for specialized training. Specialists from those plants will also come to Mississippi to provide training. The Mississippi Continental plant will produce large OE and replacement tyres for trucks, buses and large transport vehicles sold in the US.

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