Mississippi Welcomes Yokohama Tire Corporation

We are pleased to announce that Yokohama Tire Corporation has selected West Point, Mississippi, as the location of its new U.S. commercial truck tire manufacturing plant, which is set to open in October 2015 and manufacture one million commercial tires annually.

The initial phase of the project includes a 931,000-square-foot facility on a 500-acre site. Yokohama will make an initial capital investment of $300 million and anticipates creating 500 jobs as part of the first phase – and up to 2,000 jobs by the time all phases are complete.

Please stay tuned for more information about this exciting partnership between Yokohama and the state of Mississippi.

About Yokohama Tire Corporation

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing approximately 5,000 truck companies through one of the largest network of on-highway service points, Yokohama offers a complete line of truck tires which lead the way in performance and durability. Yokohama's technologically-advanced commercial tires offer maximum original tread life, long even wear, and low rolling resistance. These advantages help to ensure that the over-road trucking customer minimizes fuel consumption, achieves overall low cost per mile and maximizes their tire investment.

The company's complete product line includes the all-new AVID Ascend® – the first mass-market tire using Yokohama's breakthrough orange oil technology – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama's extensive product line, visit yokohamatire.com.

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