Tire executive: Mississippi plant will make mix of tires

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — The head of Continental AG's North American tire business says the company is likely to make a mix of heavy truck and passenger vehicle tires at the $1.45 billion factory it plans near Clinton. Paul Williams, speaking to The Associated Press ahead of a ceremony Monday at...

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — The head of Continental AG's North American tire business says the company is likely to make a mix of heavy truck and passenger vehicle tires at the $1.45 billion factory it plans near Clinton.

Paul Williams, speaking to The Associated Press ahead of a ceremony Monday at Clinton High School to welcome the German-based company, says that while Continental plans to start making truck and bus tires in 2019, it plans additional phases over a decade or longer.

Williams says Continental may also consider building a tire distribution center at the 2,500-job plant, which will ship tires to the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Earlier Monday, Gov. Phil Bryant was in Gulfport welcoming Edison Chouest Offshore, which plans to invest $68 million to build a 1,000-worker shipyard.

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