When word got out that Kumho Tire would open a production plant in south
Now Bibb County officials working with Kumho say the company is on schedule to start construction next summer. Had the new tire plant started operation on time, the benefits would have been tremendous for middle
"A lot of that economic impact spread throughout the community. Increase volume at the shops at River Crossing, increase volume at auto dealers and everybody else. It's just, it kind of spreads out like a mushroom," said Chip Cherry of the Macon-Bibb Chamber of Commerce.
In 2008 this place was expected to be a turning point for
"Their plan moving forward is to start construction next year and be open early to mid 2013 with production," said Cherry.
When construction is complete, there will be 3 or 4 suppliers of the plant that will locate somewhere in middle
"There's almost a one to one ratio for those jobs so that means you're going to have at least those 450 new jobs as a result of that secondary economy. So you're looking at close to 900 jobs and you'll feel that over a period of two years… as they ramp up, two, two and a half years," said Cherry.
Cherry says out of the 450 Kumho jobs around 400 of those will be filled locally to skilled and semi-skilled workers. Kumho executives are still trying to determine what type of tire they will produce at the plant, but once it’s fully functional, the facility will produce around a million tires a year.