RICHBURG, SC — Giti Tire welcomed South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and President and CEO, Walmart U.S. Greg Foran to celebrate the company’s first tire factory located in the U.S. The new 1.7 million square-foot facility, located in Richburg, SC, is expected to create 1,700 local jobs as part of Walmart’s commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs by 2023.
In order to meet the growing demand of Walmart and the North American market, Giti Tire will invest $560 million and create new jobs in Chester County over the next decade.
“Walmart’s commitment to American jobs is having a tangible impact on communities across America, including South Carolina,” McMaster said. “I’m very happy to celebrate Giti Tire’s choice of Richburg to build a world-class manufacturing facility, bringing local jobs and investment to our great state.”
Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it’s estimated that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created as a result of Walmart’s initiative.
“By investing in products that support American jobs, we are able to bring new products to our shelves that our customers want and new jobs to the communities we serve," Foran said. “Our customers have told us that second to price, where products are made influences their purchase decisions.”
Production at this facility for the remainder of 2017 is estimated to produce several 100,000 units of Dextero branded tires for Walmart. In 2018, capacity will reach several million tires, with more passenger and light truck sizes being added in the future.
“Our investment in this facility and its workforce demonstrates our firm commitment to North American customers,” said Enki Tan, Chairman of Giti Tire. “Chester County’s extensive infrastructure network, proximity to a major metropolitan area, and commitment to a highly-skilled workforce will support the company’s needs and growth for many years to come.”
Giti Tire has been working closely with York Technical College in Rock Hill to recruit graduating students and to train and educate the local workforce for the types of jobs required by this highly-advanced manufacturing facility. The company has also initiated a Math & Science Award program with the Chester County School District to get children excited about STEM, and to better prepare them for the future.