Tire maker highlights worker training start in Mississippi

CLINTON — Continental AG is beginning to gear up worker training at the $1.4 billion tire-making complex that it’s building in central Mississippi, as it aims to start producing truck tires by next January. Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta toured the German conglomerate’s job training facility Friday, where Continental will train the 2,500 workers it says it will hire by 2028. So far, 83 workers have been hired, with Continental spokeswoman Quita Bride saying the company will have 250 workers by the start of next year. That’s when the company will open a roughly 1 million square foot facility that will eventually make 750,000 tires for large trucks and buses. The company plans to add about 250 employees a year until it reaches its full employment goal in 2028. Production employees are supposed to make $40,000 a year, on average. Columbus Dispatch

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Author: Matthew Randle