BREAKING NEWS: Feb. 12th groundbreaking for Giti Tire plant

A February 12 groundbreaking date has been set for the Giti Tire USA plant, located outside of Richburg.

The groundbreaking will take place at the site, part of the Carolinas I-77 Megasite now owned by Giti Tire, at 11 a.m. A by-invitation luncheon will be held immediately after at the Gateway Conference Center. The 1,152 acre tract of land where the plant will be located was purchased by Giti Tire in December from the Springs Corporation.

Governor Nikki Haley is expected to attend this event as well as top-level Giti Tire executives, and representatives from the Shimizu construction management firm, Gresham Smith project engineers and representatives from the Brad Cole Construction Company, who were awarded the bid for site preparation at the plant site.

According to the press release from Giti Tire USA, the Giti Tire plant is expected to bring approximately 1,700 jobs to Chester County with an investment of a $560 million tire plant. At full production, Giti Tire officials said the Richburg plant will produce 30,000 tires a day for passenger cars and light trucks. The facility will combine a manufacturing and a distribution center.

“We are proud to be celebrating this special moment in Chester County’s history – the groundbreaking of Giti Tire USA,” said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

“This project will touch every facet of our community and is giving hope to the people of Chester County. We have worked hard to send a consistent message – Chester County, SC is a wonderful place to do business,” Roddey said.

Mike Enoch, who was chairman of the Chester Development Association when the company first began making overtures about locating in Chester County, said, “Giti Tire is the right corporate citizen and the perfect project for Chester County and its citizens.

“With this groundbreaking we now move to the next phase of Giti’s commitment to Chester County, construction of their $560 million facility. We are eager to see this project ‘come out of the ground’ and be part of the fabric of Chester County.”

Brian Singleton, the current chairman of the Chester Development Association, added “the Giti executive team has put so much energy into planning this enormous North American production facility and now we are seeing activities associated with breaking ground and constructing the plant.

“The entire business community in Chester County is excited that Giti is now moving into the execution phase of building this world class tire manufacturing plant.”