Thu., September 5, 2013 4:13pm (EDT)

Middle, Ga To Get Tire Plant And 300 Jobs
By Leah Fleming
Updated: 7 months ago

Macon, Ga.  —  
Kumho Tire North American president Harry Choi speaking in Macon Thursday (photo:LFleming)
Kumho Tire North American president Harry Choi speaking in Macon Thursday (photo:LFleming)
300 jobs that were supposed to come to Middle Georgia years ago may finally arrive.

Kumho Tire North America president Harry Choi was in Macon Thursday to announce a plan to invest $225 million dollars to build a huge tire plant in Macon. "I’m here today to tell you that the wait is officially over. Today Kumho Tire of Georgia is officially reaffirming our commitment to build our tire plant here in Macon, Georgia." Choi said worldwide economic conditions have greatly affected the company as well as the worldwide tire industry.

Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development said the road back from the recession has been a difficult one for many companies. "But we have the economic strength, business resources and flexibility to enable companies to find success despite the often fluctuating global economy."

Kumho Tire had completed site work, infrastructure improvements to the South Bibb Sofkee Industrial Park site in 2008-2009 before halting activity in 2009. The new timeline has plant construction starting in 2015, and production will start in 2016.