Over the next five years, Michelin plans to invest over US$100m to expand its capacity to produce tracks for agricultural equipment at its Junction City facility in Kansas.
The multi-million-dollar investment – made as part of Michelin’s global growth strategy – will be used to increase the manufacturing output of Camso-branded agricultural rubber tracks to respond to market changes in the aftermarket and original equipment sectors. Camso is a Michelin Group brand that produces off-road tires, rubber tracks and systems for a multitude of specialist industries.
Michelin employs around 175 people at the Junction City site; following the investment, approximately 200 jobs will be created at the facility between 2023 and 2026. The company has three production sites in Kansas that specialize in the manufacture of agricultural rubber tracks and wheels for the off-highway market.
“At Michelin, we are proud to partner with our customers who are meeting the challenge of feeding the world more efficiently while protecting the environment,” said Alexis Garcin, president and CEO of Michelin North America. “This investment in agricultural tracks capacity is further evidence of our commitment to bring Michelin’s all-sustainable strategy to life in North America, positioning the company as a leader in this fast-growing market segment and creating careers that will benefit 200 families in the community.”
“As a leader in the beyond-road segment, this investment is additional proof of our commitment to partner with our customers,” said Erick Bellefleur, senior vice president of Michelin’s global beyond-road business line. “With this investment, we’ll not only be able to meet a growing need in the agriculture market, but we will also continue to add to our workforce in Kansas, where our teams are eager to meet tomorrow’s challenges and serve our customers who are also our neighbors.”
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