October 24, 2006

Michelin celebrates 35 years in Nova Scotia

Pictou, Nova Scotia – Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. has announced that it is celebrating 35 years of manufacturing in Nova Scotia. Its Pictou County facility produced its first tire and the Bridgewater plant its first steel cord product in 1971. Two years later, Bridgewater produced its first passenger tire; in 1982, Michelin Waterville began producing tires for the heavyweight market.

“With 35 years of quality production, Michelin’s Nova Scotia team can be proud of the progress made,” said Grant Ferguson, plant manager of Michelin’s Waterville facility. “We are very proud of our people, our accomplishments and our experience here in Nova Scotia. Since the first day of production, the dedication and efforts of employees have contributed to a success story that goes far beyond the walls of Michelin with spin-offs in additional economic benefit throughout the province.”

Michelin is the largest manufacturing employer in the province, and its exports are second only to the oil and gas industry in Nova Scotia; the company has invested more than $1.3 billion in capital in the province. The facilities have produced more than 200 million tires. Each of the Nova Scotia facilities will celebrate the anniversary with special events for employees and retirees this week.

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