By Oliver Hall
Cooper tyres are stepping up production to a 24-hour, seven-day operation at their Texarkana plant “in response to growing market demand,” according to company officials.
The new schedule will begin at the tyres factory on January 1st 2010 and two hundred additional employees will be required to support the increased volume.
John Bodart, vice president of manufacturing for Cooper’s North American tyres unit, said: “We are excited about this opportunity to enhance our production capabilities.”
At capacity, the factory can build 24,000 passenger and 8,000 light truck tyres per day, according to Modern Tire Dealer research.
Bodart added: “Through a focus on continuous improvement, we are always in a process of improving our capabilities.
“This allows us to deliver high quality, cost competitive products to our customers and consumers. These moves are logical steps that align with our strategic goals.”
The shift in production will be accomplished over several months in 2010. The facility produces passenger and light truck tyres for the replacement markets.
The Findlay tyre maker has also announced expansion plans at its Tupelo, Miss., plant and the continual ramp-up of its operations in Mexico. The company’s Findlay plant also is expected to increase production volumes.