The South Carolina Tire Manufacturers Council (SCTMC) recently welcomed members of the South Carolina General Assembly to the Statehouse for a luncheon.
The council was founded by officials from tire companies Bridgestone, Continental, and Michelin. It is an independent group under the South Carolina Chamber umbrella; its members focus on policies governing the tire production industry and its employees.
The council's chair, April Allen, said events such as the luncheon were a good opportunity for both sides.
"The tire industry believes South Carolina is a great place to do business and we remain committed to not only creating jobs and investing in South Carolina, but also to investing in our local communities’ workforce through educational programs," she said. "As we continue to work with state leaders, this event allows for us to say thank you to our General Assembly members while providing an opportunity to ensure legislators understand the issues facing the industry.”
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President Ted Pitts agreed. "We are lucky to have leaders of the tire industry call South Carolina home," he said. "With more tire plants than any other state in the country, the South Carolina Chamber is committed to ensuring that the state of our manufacturing economy is strong. There is no doubt that the tire industry represents investment and jobs in South Carolina with Bridgestone, Continental, and Michelin together employing 11,000 South Carolinians. But our tire manufacturers do more than create jobs — they are committed to our communities across the state as well, participating with local schools and technical colleges to build our workforce. We thank them for their commitment to our state as strong leaders and corporate citizens.”
South Carolina is the leading tire producer in the nation (there are 10 tire plants in the state); about 11,000 people work for Bridgestone, Continental and Michelin; expansion projects at the state's tire production plants are expected to create about 3,000 jobs in the near future.