MICHE­LIN GROW­ING

Com­pany to add 150 new jobs, in­vest $20 mil­lion.

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE -

Miche­lin North Amer­ica (Canada) Inc. an­nounced Oct. 23 two new projects at its Miche­lin Pic­tou County site that will see more than $20 mil­lion in­vested into the Pic­tou County site and cre­ate 150 new jobs.

The in­vest­ments will also see 200 tem­po­rary po­si­tions that were slated pre­vi­ously to end in 2020 be­come per­ma­nent, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the com­pany.

Hir­ing for the new po­si­tions at the Pic­tou County site will be­gin im­me­di­ately, the com­pany stated.

Pro­duc­tion will soon be­gin on a new win­ter tire line along with the North Amer­i­can launch of “an in­no­va­tive process for semifin­ished ma­te­ri­als,” ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from Miche­lin.

“This is amaz­ing news for Miche­lin in Nova Sco­tia, as these two projects push Miche­lin’s em­ploy­ment in Nova Sco­tia to more than 3,600, the high­est lev­els seen in our al­most 50-year his­tory,” said Jeff Ma­cLean, pres­i­dent of Miche­lin North Amer­ica (Canada) Inc.

“This is a tes­ta­ment to the ded­i­ca­tion of our em­ploy­ees, the

sup­port of our com­mu­nity and gov­ern­ment part­ners, and our con­tin­ued abil­ity to de­liver topqual­ity prod­ucts for the North Amer­i­can mar­ket­place.”

The new tire line — its brand name has not yet been an­nounced — will be­gin pro­duc­tion in the fall of 2019 and will be avail­able for con­sumers in 2020.

The in­vest­ment will help Miche­lin im­prove its mar­ket com­pet­i­tive­ness by in­stalling a new man­u­fac­tur­ing process at the Pic­tou County site.

“New to North Amer­ica, this in­no­va­tive process al­lows us to pro­duce semi-fin­ished ma­te­ri­als needed for tire-build­ing right here at home,” said Ma­cLean. “These in­vest­ments al­low us to re­main com­pet­i­tive in the mar­ket­place while con­tin­u­ing to build our fu­ture here in Nova Sco­tia.”

The $12 mil­lion project in­cludes state-of-the art equip­ment, build­ing ren­o­va­tions and new stor­age fa­cil­i­ties at the site in 2019–2020 and will add 20 new em­ploy­ees to the site. These semifin­ished prod­ucts will be used in sev­eral North Amer­i­can Miche­lin sites. Hir­ing for this project will be­gin in mid-2019.

Pro­vin­cial help

“This project re­in­forces the strength and tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­ity of the Miche­lin Nova Sco­tia team,” said Premier Stephen McNeil in a press re­lease. “We are also pleased that a Nova Sco­tia lo­ca­tion has been cho­sen to be the first in North Amer­ica for this in­no­va­tive work with semifin­ished ma­te­ri­als. Miche­lin has been a very im­por­tant part of our econ­omy for sev­eral decades, and it’s won­der­ful to see this com­mit­ment to fu­ture growth and suc­cess in our prov­ince.”

The prov­ince, through the Nova Sco­tia Busi­ness Inc. In­no­va­tion Re­bate Pro­gram, will con­trib­ute $3.56 mil­lion to the project. The Depart­ment of Labour and Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion will pro­vide sup­port with train­ing some of the new em­ploy­ees for these projects.

Pic­tou Mayor Jim Ryan said he was very pleased to hear the news.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing for all of Pic­tou County,” he said. “I think what it does is it ce­ments some of that em­ploy­ment in our com­mu­nity and pro­duces more em­ploy­ment.”

He said it’s par­tic­u­lary good news for those 200 peo­ple who were un­sure whether their jobs would con­tinue past the 2020 date.

The level of cap­i­tal in­vest­ment also shows a com­mit­ment to the area, he said.

“I think that says a lot for the longevity of the com­pany and its com­mit­ment to the county.”

“This is a tes­ta­ment to the ded­i­ca­tion of our em­ploy­ees, the sup­port of our com­mu­nity and gov­ern­ment part­ners, and our con­tin­ued abil­ity to de­liver top-qual­ity prod­ucts for the North Amer­i­can mar­ket­place.

Jeff Ma­cLean, pres­i­dent of Miche­lin North Amer­ica (Canada) Inc.

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