Continental Marks Key U.S. Tire Plant Anniversaries and Continued Investment Commitment to Customers


Fort Mill, S.C., April 16, 2024 — 2024 marks a significant milestone for Continental's tire manufacturing operations in the United States celebrating the anniversaries of three key plants: 5 years in Clinton, Miss.; 10 years in Sumter, S.C. and 50 years in Mount Vernon, Ill. With an annual production capacity of more than 16 million tires and a team of more than 6,700 local manufacturing employees, Continental is amongst the top tire manufacturers in the U.S. In the last decade alone, Continental has invested more than $1.5 billion USD in its American tire manufacturing operations. Continental continually invests in the expansion of these facilities, reinforcing our commitment to premium product quality, innovation, and growth in this market. This is a testimony to the company’s customer centric approach. 

"Tires from Continental stand for high performance and premium quality. Since 1988, when Continental first started manufacturing operations in the U.S., we have strategically and consistently enhanced the manufacturing footprint to support growth in the American market. This is integral to our overall success,” said Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas. “Our manufacturing investments allow us to deliver premium products and services to customers and meet the U.S. market demand, creating continued value for all stakeholders," he added.

"Continental proudly produces premium tires made in America. The U.S. tire plants have grown considerably over the years, fueled by our passion for tires. Being one of the top premium tire manufacturers, we have an unwavering commitment to excellence and cutting-edge technology. The dedication and expertise of our local teams enable us to produce high-quality tires, contributing to continued success in the industry,” highlighted Benny Harmse, Head of Manufacturing Continental Tire the Americas.

Continental’s U.S. tire manufacturing plants stand for both tradition and innovation. The Mt. Vernon plant produced its first tire in 1974 and has a product portfolio of both Passenger Light Truck Tires (PLT) and truck tires (TT); it employs a team of over 3,900. The Sumter plant, officially opened in 2014, employs approximately 1,300 employees and focuses on producing PLT tires. The newest Continental tire plant is located in Clinton. It officially opened in 2019, employs around 700 people and produces TT tires. Continental’s serves both original equipment and replacement customers from these plants. There are additional manufacturing locations in Aldora Mills, Barnesville, Ga, which produces tire cord and in Plymouth, Ind., where Hoosier produces racing tires. 

Continental continues to be recognized nationally as an employer of choice. Most recently, the company was recognized as one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes for the eighth time. Continental was also named as one of the World’s Top Companies for Women by Forbes in 2023. These acknowledgments underscore Continental's inclusive culture globally, reinforcing its position as a leading tire manufacturer and provider of stable, appealing career prospects.