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Mitas opens Iowa plant

  • Mitas expands

    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.

  • New factory

    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.

  • Mitchell Helmick

    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

    Austin Johnson inspects the final product for any imperfections in balance.

  • American-made brand

    “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.”

European tire manufacturer expands its reach

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