Michelin North America Inc. is spending $8 million to increase warehouse capacity at its BFGoodrich plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Construction will begin in August 2016.
The project will expand the current warehouse facility located at the southeastern corner of the Tuscaloosa plant. The company says the expansion will better equip the warehouse to satisfy customer demand for BFGoodrich brand tires.
With the expansion, the Tuscaloosa plant’s storage facility will grow from 29,000 to 92,000 square feet of space, more than a 215% increase in square footage over the current structure.
The expanded warehouse will provide more than nine times the storage capacity. Construction on the expansion is expected to be completed early next year and fully operational by the second quarter of 2017.
Michelin’s BFGoodrich Tuscaloosa facility builds passenger and light truck tires sold in North America and employs about 1,360 people.
“The expansion of the storage facility will help us further improve customer service, especially geographically in key BFGoodrich tire markets,” says Greg Leikvold, the plant manager at the Tuscaloosa site. “The expansion will result in more agility and will improve our overall delivery efficiency.”
The Tuscaloosa plant is one of two BFGoodrich facilities fully dedicated to the production of BFGoodrich tires in the U.S.
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