Sentury Tire, a global advanced-technology tire manufacturer of automotive and aircraft tires, selected SSOE Group, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, to design its 1.4 million square-foot tire manufacturing facility in LaGrange, Georgia.
The new, $430 million tire manufacturing facility will serve as the North American headquarters and will be located on 400-acres about 70 miles southwest of Atlanta in the LaGrange Callaway South Industrial Park.
Bringing more than 1,000 jobs to Georgia, the plant will be fully operational in 2019 with the capacity to produce 12 million units per year. In line with Sentury's other factories, the Georgia plant will feature smart technology, advanced test track and proving grounds, research and development, as well as warehouse and distribution operations.
"We are thrilled to work with the SSOE team to design an innovative facility for our North American operations," said Rami Helminen, Sentury Tire Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer for Sentury Tire North America. "Bringing a 4.0 smart factory to Georgia is an important step for Sentury and the State of Georgia. Our vision is to combine the best local workforce talent with state-of-the-art manufacturing and global technology for superior quality tires by Sentury brands."
"I'm extremely excited to embark on this project with Sentury Tire. We have already developed a close partnership and look forward to achieving their goal of creating a new building standard for tire technology with their first North American facility. The LaGrangesite is a prime location and SSOE's strong presence in the southeastern U.S. as well as in China, position us well to support the plant and all of Sentury Tire, for years to come," Principal & General Manager at SSOE, Alexandra Segers Dipl.-Ing, M.Sc said.
"We could not be happier to have Alexandra and her team at SSOE partnering with the Sentury Tire team on this project in LaGrange," said Scott Malone, President of the Development Authority of LaGrange. "This is a world-class team that is being put together on a world-class project during a time of great growth and excitement in LaGrange."