By Denna Bowman
The first tyres have rolled off the production line at the Michelin factory in Stoke after the initial phase of a £20 million upgrade was completed.
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk visited the tyres factory – which employs 1,000 staff – earlier this week to see the results of the investment.
The modernisation project, which allows the factory to rebuild the latest generation of truck, bus and coach tyres, has secured more than 400 jobs and the future of the plant itself, according to The Sentinel.
It was boosted by a £3.9 million grant from the previous Government which paved the way for further cash from the firm.
Sean Parry, factory manager, said: “Without this investment there would not have been a factory here in 13 years time, and the Government grant tipped the balance.
“It has secured jobs but what will do that in the future is our performance.
“We’ve got all the tools – we’ve got a great workforce and now we’ve got the machinery.”
Mr Prisk said: “What has impressed me is the commitment to quality and innovation. It is a real testament to the workforce here.”