SLC Regional Resource | November 2013

Tire Manufacturing: Southern States Roll to the Top

Sujit CanagaRetna

There has been a great deal of attention in recent years over the 'drive to move South,' i.e., an increasing number of foreign automakers setting up manufacturing facilities and thriving across the Southern United States. While the economic impact of the automobile sector in the South has been reviewed and scrutinized extensively in recent years, there has been less fanfare about a burgeoning sector in the region: the growing importance of tire manufacturing in the SLC states. Only in the last year and a half or so are the media and auto industry analysts realizing that some of the world's largest tire manufacturers are locating, relocating or expanding their operations in the South.