Two tires produced 40 years ago, signed by employees in 1981

Two tires produced 40 years ago, signed by employees in 1981. Photo provided 

Midlands business staple Michelin Tires celebrates four decades of manufacturing in Lexington this month. The factory‘s first tire was made on Oct. 29, 1981, and the site has now produced more than 240 million tires.

The passenger tire plant employs more than 1,470 people and produces original equipment tires and replacement tires. The site plays an integral role in the community through long-term local and corporate partnerships. Michelin’s Challenge Education program supports 12 public Title I elementary schools across South Carolina by offering tutors, mentors, lunch buddies, and financial contributions. In Lexington, Michelin supports Red Bank Elementary and Saxe Gotha Elementary. 

“Our site is a place where coworkers become family and pride in our product defines our culture,” said Chris Goumas, site director for Michelin in Lexington. “We have seen incredible investments in the site and community, and it’s an exciting time to see continued growth and presence of Michelin in the Midlands.”

They also have a long-term Technical Scholar partnership with Midlands Technical College. Eligible students receive paid tuition while gaining hands-on experience in the facility in mechatronics or electronics engineering technologies. 

Michelin is hiring job seekers interested in full benefits, job stability, and career advancement opportunities.  Apply today at

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