Michelin North America said Thursday it is winding down tire production at its factory in Ardmore, the city’s largest employer, eliminating 1,400 jobs plus a number of contractors.
Tire production should end by the end of 2025 or sooner, but rubber-mixing operations, which supply other factories, are expected to continue, the company said. Tire production will shift to other plants in North America.
No one in Ardmore saw this coming, said Bill Murphy, president and CEO of the Ardmore Development Authority.
“We were stunned this morning to learn the news of Michelin’s plan to begin winding down tire production at the Ardmore facility over the next two years,” he said “We are still processing this news and are considering what options might be available as we look ahead. This plant has been an anchor not only in Ardmore but throughout southern Oklahoma’s economy, providing hundreds of well-paying jobs for more than 50 years.” The Oklahoman