Cooper appoints new Tupelo factory manager

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Jim Pritchett heads up a team of 1,600 employees and is responsible for directing all operations at the Mississippi plant

Cooper Tire has appointed a new manager at its facility in Tupelo, Mississippi. Jim Pritchett heads up a team of 1,600 employees and is responsible for directing all operations at the Mississippi plant with a focus on safety, product quality, equipment reliability, efficiency, sustainability, process improvement and standardization.

Pritchett has nearly three decades of experience in manufacturing, and joins Cooper after six years with AdvanSix, a resin and chemicals business.

At AdvanSix, Pritchett’s most recent role was director and plant manager of two production facilities located in Pennsylvania and Virginia, a post he took on following roles as plant manager and operations manager of the company’s Metropolis, Illinois, nuclear fuel plant.

Prior to AdvanSix, Pritchett was plant manager for three facilities, and later director of North American operations for Jiffy International, a supplier in the horticultural industry. Earlier in his career, Pritchett spent 17 years with Goodyear where he held a number of technology engineering positions and was ultimately promoted to product quality manager for original equipment and RLT tires, a role where he led a large team that worked directly with several major auto makers.

Pritchett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

November 7, 2017

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