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Mitas opens Iowa plant
Wanting to expand its global presence, European tire company, Mitas, opens a manufacturing plant in Charles City, Iowa.
The newly opened plant covers 47 acres and makes all common ag tire sizes. It will eventually produce sizes of up to 54 inches in diameter and 1,200 mm width.
Midas ag tires
Mitas supplies radial ag tires for new tractors and combines produced by John Deere, Case New Holland, Unverferth, Claas and AGCO.
As part of his campaign platform, Governor Terry Branstadt pledges to create 200,000 jobs in Iowa during his term.
The recent opening of the Mitas tire plant builds on that promise. The factory currently employs 76 full-time employees, which have been recruited locally. By 2013, the plant will employ 237 local residents.
One of about 70 people employed by Mitas, Mitchell Helmick, who is 25 and originally from Keokuk, Iowa, moved to the area recently specifically to take a job with the company.
He is changing the rubber on the machine he operates to prepare for a testing phase.
Mayor James Erb
Charles City, Iowa, Mayor James Erb addresses the media and guests at the opening ceremony on Thursday, April 26, 2012.
Vulcanizing a tire
The 74-minute process of vulcanizing a tire produces a 460/85 R 38 AC85 tire.
Austin Johnson inspects the final product for any imperfections in balance.
“Mitas is now an American-made brand,” says Tomas Nemec, chairman of Mitas’ parent company, CGS. “Mitas invites all farmers to buy tires in the tractor town.”
To learn more about Mitas tires, visit www.mitas-tires.com.
European tire manufacturer expands its reach