Michelin expansion likely near Piedmont

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By Stan Welch

A company which has long been a corporate in the Upstate is considering expansion with a potential plant opening in the Piedmont area. Michelin, Inc., the French owned tire manufacturer, is currently considering five different potential locations in Greenville County, including one in the Piedmont area, according to Greenville County Councilman Dan Rawls, R- D26.

The possible Piedmont facility would likely produce a new line of tires Michelin is considering. The company is considering an existing facility on Bessie Road, and has already acquired a site in Greenville County on Highway 25, said Rawls, in a telephone interview with The Journal. Other sources familiar with the project confirmed Rawls’ report.

“The County is committed to working with Michelin, and have already passed various incentive agreements. The company has been waiting till the first of the year to see what effects certain national legislation may have at this level,” said Rawls. “We are working closely with them on several possible projects and hope to bring some very lucrative manufacturing jobs to this area in the coming weeks and months.”

Michelin sought and received significant tax and other incentives from Anderson County in recent months, also in exchange for remaining and expanding in their facilities there.