Michelin to spend USD 8M for BFGoodrich warehouse expansion.
BFGoodrich will spend $8 million to expand the warehouse at its tyre plant in Tuscaloosa.
Michelin North America, which owns BFGoodrich, said in a statement on Friday that construction will start next month and will result in significantly increased warehouse capacity. The warehouse is at the southeast corner of the tyre plant on U.S. Highway 11 in western Tuscaloosa.
With the expansion, the plant’s storage facility will grow from 29,000 to 92,000 square feet of space, a more than a 215 percent increase in square footage. The expanded warehouse will provide more than nine times the storage capacity.
Construction on the expansion is expected to be completed early next year and be fully operational by the second quarter of 2017, according to the company.
The BFGoodrich’s Tuscaloosa facility is celebrating its 70th year of manufacturing. It builds passenger and light truck tyres that are sold in North America. The plant employs about 1,360 people.
“The expansion of the storage facility will help us further improve customer service, especially geographically in key BFGoodrich tyre markets,” said a statement from Greg Leikvold, the plant manager. “The expansion will result in more agility and will improve our overall delivery efficiency.”