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Continental Tire the Americas LLC (CTA) is one of just 10 large businesses to be recognized as a finalist in the Charlotte Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" Award.
The award recognizes companies with benefits, policies and practices that are among the area's best. The annual evaluation of the work environment is based on employee surveys which are conducted by a third party. Continental Tire the Americas has almost 400 employees in the Charlotte area headquarters who were able to participate in this survey. The Charlotte Business Journal has sponsored this workplace award since 2006.
"Our employees are the heart of our business," said Matthias Schoenberg, chief executive officer, CTA. "Their feedback resulted in CTA being named a finalist for this prestigious award, and that makes this recognition very special."
"Continental Tire the Americas has enjoyed business growth in the past two years, despite the poor economy, and our employees deserve the credit for this success," Schoenberg said. "And we've worked hard to create for them a work environment that values their contributions and provides them with outstanding careers."
A key part of the employee experience at Continental is the company's new state-of-the-art, $11 million facility – a 75,000-square-foot building which sits on 11.5 acres in northern Lancaster County.
Previously known as Continental Tire North America, the company announced in February, 2010 its name change for both Passenger and Light Truck and Commercial Vehicle Tire divisions to Continental Tire the Americas LLC. Continental Tire the Americas is headquartered in Lancaster County, SC.
"We felt this name change was appropriate due to our growth in the key South American markets, as well as our improved market position in North America," said Schoenberg. "It better reflects our current scope and our future focus on our business throughout the Americas region."
Continental manufactures and distributes a complete line of Continental and General brand passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Consistently ranked No. 1 in quality by Tire Rack and other industry testing companies, Continental's brands are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, commercial tire dealers, truck stops and mass retail companies across North and South America.
With sales of approximately EUR 20 billion in 2009, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 143,000 in 46 countries.