‘Largest’ retreader opening in Canada

A Canadian firm is setting up what it says will be North America’s largest tyre retreading plant. The CA$37 million facility in St. Mary’s, Ontario will open in February 2014 and operator Green Arc Tire Manufacturing Inc. stated in a press release that it will remould up to 3 million passenger, SUV and light truck radials a year at the facility.

The plant’s establishment – indeed, the grounding of “a new kind of tyre company that aims to improve winter driving safety, affordability and the environment” – was made by Green Arc Tire Manufacturing on 13 November. The company says the new venture will create 340 jobs. “We’re proud to be offering Canadians winter tyres that are not only green, but have better traction and improve fuel efficiency, at 30 to 50 per cent less cost than regular tyres,” said Mike DiCenzo, COO of Green Arc Tire Manufacturing Inc. “Our goal is to help make the winter driving season safer, by making winter tyres that are affordable for more drivers.”

“Congratulations to Green Arc for investing in Ontario’s growing recycling industry, putting hundreds of people to work, and producing hundreds of thousands of remoulded tyres a year,” said Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley. The Mayor of St. Marys, Steve Grose, added: “On behalf of Council, I couldn’t be more pleased to be welcoming Green Arc Tire Manufacturing to our town. We’re excited to be supporting a company that’s creating new jobs and contributing in such a major way to our community.”

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