Kumho Tire Plant Project Back in Action | Families
The project to build the Kumho Tire plant is back underway.
Senior Vice-President of Macon Economic Development Commission Pat Topping says the re-start comes after eight to ten months of negotiations between Kumho and the Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority.
The plant has been on hold since 2009 due to uncertain economic times, but Topping said the new timeline has plant construction starting in 2015, and production will start in 2016.
Kumho is making a two-hundred million dollar investment in the site which is located in the Sofkee Industrial Park off Highway 247. The project is expected to bring 300 jobs to Macon.
Most of those jobs are tire builders and technicians. Kumho Tire North America CEO Harry Choi says they're planning on starting off producing 3 million tires per year, and could expand to 10 million.
Choi says the Macon plant would be their first in the United States. They chose the location in part because it's close to car companies like Hyundai and Kia.
Authority attorney Kevin Brown told 13WMAZ that locally, nearly $4.5 million has been invested into the project. The city of Macon, Bibb County, Macon Water Authority and the Macon NOW campaign all contributed to the project's funding. The state of Georgia added $2 million for grading the site.
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