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Continental Tire marks 10 years in Sumter with launch of new technology

Jason Thomas //May 28, 2024//

Continental Tire recently marked the unveiling of a new, cutting-edge extruder line at its Sumter plant at a celebration underscoring a decade of successful operations and community engagement. (Photo/Pepple Photography)

Continental Tire recently marked the unveiling of a new, cutting-edge extruder line at its Sumter plant at a celebration underscoring a decade of successful operations and community engagement. (Photo/Pepple Photography)

Continental Tire recently marked the unveiling of a new, cutting-edge extruder line at its Sumter plant at a celebration underscoring a decade of successful operations and community engagement. (Photo/Pepple Photography)

Continental Tire recently marked the unveiling of a new, cutting-edge extruder line at its Sumter plant at a celebration underscoring a decade of successful operations and community engagement. (Photo/Pepple Photography)

Continental Tire marks 10 years in Sumter with launch of new technology

Jason Thomas //May 28, 2024//

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Continental Tire recently marked the unveiling of a new, cutting-edge extruder line at its Sumter plant at a celebration underscoring a decade of successful operations and community engagement.

The ceremony highlighted the dual celebration of the plant’s 10th anniversary and the investment into the plant’s future, according to a news release.

“Today, we celebrate not just the unveiling of a state-of-the-art advancement in tire manufacturing but also a decade of growth, partnership, and mutual achievements with the Sumter community,” Plant Manager JJ Dowling said in the release. “Your support has been crucial to our journey, and we are profoundly thankful.”

The new extruder line represents Continental Tire’s commitment to innovation and its dedication to the Sumter community, promising new job opportunities and enhanced production capabilities, the release stated.

“This investment demonstrates our faith in the local workforce and our pledge to contribute positively to the Sumter economy,” Dowling said.

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Dowling also took a moment to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the plant’s employees, announcing a special celebration in their honor. “While today we mark this milestone with our community and stakeholders, the big celebration for our employees is set for October 12th. It will be a day to honor their commitment, hard work, and the important role they’ve played in our shared achievements.”

As Continental Tire reflected on a decade of work, the company acknowledges the crucial role the Sumter community has played in its journey. The 10th anniversary and the launch of the new extruder line mark a new chapter in this ongoing partnership, with a continued focus on delivering exceptional quality products, enhancing the local economy, and cultivating a future of collective growth and prosperity, the release stated.

Continental is amongst the top tire manufacturers in the U.S. In the last decade alone, the company has invested more than $1.5 billion in its American tire manufacturing operations, according to the release. The total annual production capacity in the U.S. is more than 16 million tires, and it employs a team of more than 6,700 local manufacturing employees.

The Sumter plant, which officially opened in 2014, employs approximately 1,300 employees and focuses on producing PLT tires.

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