Goodyear not coming to Chester County

dworthington@heraldonline.comMay 29, 2014 

— Chester County officials have not talked with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. about building a new plant there, says County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

"We have never ever talked to Goodyear," Roddey said.

Earlier Thursday Goodyear announced plans to build a new tire production plant, prompting industry publications to speculate that it could be coming to Chester County.

Chester County is in the process of approving tax breaks for an unnamed company that could invest more than $560 million and employ 1,500 people in the county.

County officials have not named the company or what it might manufacture, but state Rep. Ralph Norman, R-Rock Hill, has said the project - code-named "Project Summer" - is automotive related.

A public hearing on the tax breaks is scheduled for June 13, with a final County Council vote expected June 16.

Tire Review magazine reported Thursday that "it is believed that South Carolina will be the site for the new facility," and pointed to Chester County's efforts to attract the unnamed company.

Goodyear wasn't giving anything away about the location.

"We have no knowledge of Project Summer, and it’s premature to speculate on a specific location for the new plant since our site selection process is just getting started," Goodyear spokesman Keith Price told The Herald. Price said an announcement of a site selection is not expected before the first quarter of 2015.

Karlissa Parker, director of economic development for Chester County, declined to comment on the Tire Review story.

Goodyear said the new plant will be its most technologically advanced, with an initial capacity of about six million tires per year. Tire production is expected to begin in the first half of 2017.

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