Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM) recently announced the opening of a new $300-million commercial truck tire facility in West Point, Mississippi.

"The grand opening of our first U.S.-built plant is truly a historic day for Yokohama," said Tadaharu Yamamoto, president of YTMM. "Thanks to Gov. Bryant, the great state of Mississippi, the entire community of West Point, the Golden Triangle Region and the incredible Mississippi workforce, the plant site was developed to a fully operational state-of-the-art facility in record time."

Just a little more than 24 months after breaking ground on the site, YTMM has hired more than 260 employees and plans to eventually reach 500. The 1-million-square-foot facility was constructed on more than 500 acres of land and houses manufacturing, warehousing and operations facilities. It will produce up to 1 million tires annually when running at full capacity.

"The opening of Yokohama's manufacturing facility in West Point brings full circle a project that broke ground just two short years ago," said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. "I congratulate Yokohama on this milestone event, and the state of Mississippi looks forward to many more years of partnership with this great company."

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