Hankook to build tire plant in Tennessee

Hankook Tire today announced plans for its 8th global manufacturing plant which will be located in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Hankook will invest over $800 million USD for the new state-of-the-art plant, its first the United States. The new plant will provide additional capacity for Hankook’s growing business in the U.S. market and create approximately 1,800 fulltime jobs for the region. Hankook is expected to break ground on the new plant by the end of 2014 and begin tire production by 2016.

“This new facility will help Hankook Tire accomplish our plan to establish a production base in all major markets,” said Mr. Seung Hwa Suh, Vice Chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire. “We will be able to provide our customers, consumers and car makers with high quality tires and industry leading service to meet the demands of the American market.”

The announcement was made from the Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Clarksville, Tennessee in front of a group of over two hundred assembled local and state officials and media representatives.

“I want to thank Hankook Tire for its substantial investment in Tennessee and for the 1,800 jobs they’ll create in Montgomery County.” said State of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

The Clarksville, Tennessee location is ideal for Hankook, offering an extensive transportation network including rail, plane and interstate highway networks as well as regional access to the Mississippi River inland waterway.

This announcement puts Hankook Tire one step closer to its vision of being a leading global tire company providing customers with top-tier products and service.