Deal: Toyo Tire North America to Create More Than 150 Jobs in Bartow County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer and seller of radial tires for passenger vehicles and light trucks, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $138 million in Cartersville. New jobs will include positions in production, support and administration.

“As the No. 1 state for business, Georgia offers the strategic resources necessary to retain dynamic companies and support industry leaders in long-term growth,” said Deal. “Toyo Tires is a valued member of Georgia’s family of innovative automotive manufacturers and suppliers, and it’s clear that the company’s leadership recognizes the benefits of operating in our competitive economic environment. By choosing Cartersville over international competition, Toyo Tires will continue to hire from Georgia’s talented workforce and utilize our highly connected transportation infrastructure to reach its growing customer base. We appreciate Toyo Tires’ commitment to creating even more quality jobs here in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening our partnership in the years to come.”

 Through a two-phase expansion, Toyo Tires will construct a new 254,000-square-foot facility with an annual production capacity of 2.4 million passenger vehicle tires. Upon completion of the expansion, Toyo Tires will employ approximately 2,100 Georgia residents.

“The level of cooperation from the State of Georgia and Bartow County over the years continues to exceed our expectations,” said Don Bunn, president of Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. “Toyo Tires is proud to be a member of the Georgia business community and strives to show its appreciation by being a great place to work and by supporting community organizations throughout the state.”

In 2016, Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. became the Toyo Tires Group’s largest manufacturing operation with an annual production capacity of 11.5 million tires.

“Bartow County was fortunate to be selected as Toyo Tires’ home years ago, and we are honored each time they choose to invest again,” said Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor. “We strive for long-term partnerships with our industries and this partnership has been incredibly successful. Toyo Tires certainly has had a significant impact on Georgia’s automotive sector and Bartow’s economy, with many accolades to show for it. I especially appreciate their corporate citizenship. For example, they have offered donations and volunteer hours to our schools, environmental causes, and our citizens in need. A significant example is the company’s annual commitment to provide food for the community during the holiday season. All in all, they’re just great neighbors, and it’s a pleasure to support the company’s growth again.”

The state-of-the-art Toyo Tires manufacturing facility began operations in 2006 and features a proprietary Advanced Tire Operation Module production system. The location of the facility was chosen to enhance distribution and inventory availability to meet the increasing demands for Toyo and Nitto tires sold through Toyo Tires’ expanding network of retailers.

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Lindsay Martin represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development and Georgia Power.

“Toyo Tires is an outstanding example of an international manufacturer that has found rapid success in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Once again, Toyo Tires and Bartow County have proven to be a winning team, and I look forward to their continued success in Georgia.”

About Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc.

Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. It is responsible for the production of both the Toyo Tires and Nitto tire brands. Toyo Tires maintains its commitment to innovation, quality, performance and excellent customer service. In recent years, significant and continuous investments have been made in its facility in White, Georgia, to produce high-quality tires. The company’s tire portfolio covers a broad range of applications, including high-performance racing-inspired tires, rugged off-road tires for light trucks and SUVs, luxury touring tires, and tires for truck and bus applications. Toyo Tires was named the 2016 Georgia Automotive Supplier of the Year by GDEcD.

Deal Signs Hurricane Relief Package

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed legislation following the special session of the Georgia General Assembly that began on Nov. 13. HB 1EX amends the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Act to provide roughly $270 million in emergency funding for state agencies and local governments in areas most heavily impacted by Hurricane Michael. Deal also signed HB 4EX, which creates a tax credit for certain taxpayers within Southwest Georgia’s timber industry who incurred significant expenses due to Hurricane Michael. Finally, Deal signed HB 5EX, which ratifies Deal’s executive order from July 30, 2018, and suspends collection of the state’s 4 percent sales and use tax on jet fuel through the end of FY 2019.

HB 1EX passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 162-1 and passed the Senate by a vote of 52-0. HB 4EX passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 157-2 and passed the Senate by a vote of 52-0.

“The work of the General Assembly this week will help the families, businesses, farmers and communities that were most severely impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said Deal. “By providing roughly $270 million to help our neighbors in Southwest Georgia, the appropriations in this amended budget will provide critical support for devastated communities, including those most heavily dependent on agriculture and the timber industry. I appreciate the General Assembly working together diligently and quickly to see that this relief funding will be delivered to those in need as rapidly as possible, as the rebuilding process is just beginning for some of Georgia’s citizens. I thank the leadership of both chambers and legislators from all over the state for coming together this week to support those most heavily impacted by this natural disaster.”

 As a result of Hurricane Michael, Southwest Georgia experienced approximately $2.5 billion in losses within the agriculture and timber industries. More information about projected losses from Hurricane Michael is available here.

Signed legislation from the 2018 special session is available here.

Georgia Sets Records Again in October

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the state set records in October for total jobs and employed residents.

Butler proclaimed October another great month in a long string of often record-setting months. He noted that Georgia’s unemployment rate also fell once again.

For the year, all indicators are trending in the right direction.

“We set records again this month,” the commissioner said. “Georgia continues to grow stronger and better. We attract great jobs and more and more of them get filled. I don’t see this slowing down any time soon.”

The October rate, at 3.6 percent, slipped just below the national rate of 3.7 percent.  Georgia’s rate was 4.5 percent a year ago.

In October, Georgia added another 2,400 jobs to push the state’s total number to 4.57 million – a record. Over the past year, Georgia added 93,600 new jobs, or nearly 8,000 a month.

The number of employed residents also swelled to a new record high.

Georgia ended October with just under 5 million employed residents. The state added 375 to the employment rolls for the month. By comparison, the state added about 8,500 folks to the employment rolls on an average month over the past year.

“The record in employed residents shows that Georgia is producing the right kind of jobs,” Butler said. “Creating jobs is great. But it’s better when we produce good jobs that get filled. People are getting these jobs in record numbers.”

Annual job gains were up more than 20,000 in two different categories:

  • Construction – 21,600
  • Trade, transportation, utilities – 21,400.

Another three added more than 10,000 over the past 12 months:

  • Professional, business services – 18,100
  • Education, health services – 17,600
  • Leisure, hospitality – 11,000.

“Construction gains,” Butler said, “are proof of Georgia’s booming economy as builders are pushing to meet the demand for more housing, office and retail space.”

For the month, professional and business services surged by 5,300. Construction was close behind with another 2,500 added.

Georgia’s labor force fell slightly in October, declining by about 3,500 to end the month at 5.2 million. Over the past 12 months, Georgia added 57,855 people to its workforce, an average of nearly 4,900 a month.

Unemployment claims were up in October by 49 percent. When compared to last October, they were up less than 1 percent.

EmployGeorgia, the department’s job-listing website, saw nearly 77,000 jobs listed in October, an increase of 15 percent.