AUGUST 2011
                                        

Tire International to build South Carolina tire recycling facility

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Berkeley County and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance said that Tire International, a tire recycler and maker of rubber products, is establishing a new recycling and manufacturing facility in Berkeley County. The $25 million investment is expected to generate 150 new jobs.

Tire International has established a third-generation recycling and manufacturing operation in Moncks Corner. The company is currently in the process of upgrading its facility there to prepare for full operations. The company previously based its tire recycling and rubber manufacturing work in China, but now is bringing all of those operations to Berkeley County.

Gov. Nikki Haley said, “Tire International’s $25 million job-creating investment in the Lowcountry – that is expected to generate as many as 1,000 jobs – is something we’re going to celebrate.”

At the plant, Tire International will recycle tires by breaking them down into raw materials and will produce finished consumer products including environmentally responsible and high quality commercial and residential flooring, artificial fields, playgrounds, landscaping materials and rubberized asphalt.

Tire International will be ramping up during the summer and fall and expects to have the plant fully operational by the end of the year. The company plans to begin hiring for the new positions at the end of September and will work with readySC during the hiring process.