Official opening for Cooper Tire’s Serbian facility
Today Cooper Tire & Rubber held a grand opening ceremony at its recently-acquired former Trayal tyre manufacturing facility in Kruševac, Serbia. Approximately 500 dignitaries, employees and members of the media were invited to attend the ceremony, including Serbian President Boris Tadić, Minister of Economy and Regional Development Nebojša Ćirić, and US Ambassador Mary Warlick. The guests, together with Cooper chairman, president and CEO Roy Armes, and International Tire Division president Hal Miller, celebrated the plant’s official opening.
At the ceremony, Armes welcomed the attendees and thanked the Serbian and local Kruševac government officials as well as the US Embassy for their efforts on Cooper’s behalf in acquiring the former Trayal plant. He said Cooper elected to invest in Serbia not only because of its significant economic potential, but also for its quality workforce, geographical advantages and Serbian government support. Cooper Tire Serbia becomes Kruševac’s second-largest employer, providing tyres for the European and Russian markets.
“We are delighted to officially open the plant in Kruševac,” added Miller. “The ceremony marks the culmination of months of hard work to conclude the acquisition. It is a pleasure to welcome our new Serbian colleagues to the Cooper family. The Serbian government, the Kruševac community and our future employees are very excited about the opportunities we are bringing to the area and the value the operations will bring to Cooper Tire.”