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Dayton factory - Updates

Construction of Nokian Tyres’ Dayton, Tennessee factory is proceeding on schedule. Nokian Tyres is eager to share updates with the community as progress unfolds. Below, you’ll be able to find news and information about the construction process.

Employment

We have begun hiring workers to build industry-leading tires at our state-of-the-art plant. Click here to view and apply for jobs.

We are hiring workers in the following areas:

Quality Control - Entry level to supervisor positions with previous tire manufacturing experience

Logistics - Entry level to supervisor positions

Manufacturing - Primarily entry level, with some supervisor positions

Shipping - Primarily entry level (no prior experience necessary), with some supervisor positions

Building Services - Primarily entry level (no prior experience necessary), with some supervisor positions

Administration - Primarily manager and supervisor positions with previous tire manufacturing experience, but with few entry level positions

With all of the positions, Nokian Tyres is committed to training our workforce so that we have a safe workplace and maintain our high product quality standards.

Nokian Tyres is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, military status or any other characteristic protected by law.

You may also contact Rhea County Economic & Community Development (RECD):
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News

Nokian Tyres Launch Team “Like a Family” as Intensive Overseas Training Concludes

18 June 2019
The group is preparing to return home from training in Russia and Finland to launch the company’s first North American production facility.

Nokian Tyres Dayton factory launch team leaves for overseas training after busy month of training and community service

2 May 2019
Employees at Nokian Tyres’ first North American production factory will spend six weeks of intensive training at the company’s facilities in Finland and Russia.

Rhea County Official: Nokian Tyres Factory Has “Exceeded our Expectations” Thus Far

27 March 2019
Commercial production at the company’s first North American facility is scheduled to begin in 2020, but the factory has already created significant positive economic impact for the community.

Leader of Nokian Tyres Dayton Factory: Success Comes from Investing in People

4 March 2019
Peter Chia is passionate about numbers. As operations director at Nokian Tyres' new factory in Dayton, Tennessee, he has to be. When the facility starts producing tires in 2020, the global tire company will define success by figures like production volume, cost per unit and yield percentage.

Progress Continues on One of the Most Advanced Factories in the Tire Industry

20 Feb 2019
Nokian Tyres has made significant progress on its North American production plant and remains on schedule to begin commercial production in 2020.  

Nokian Tyres Begins Hiring Process at New Factory in Dayton, Tennessee

14 Feb 2019
The Scandinavian tire company plans to hire between 40 and 50 production team members in the first quarter of 2019. In this first phase of hiring, it seeks experienced manufacturing workers to fill a variety of positions at every level of the organization.

Nokian Tyres Hires DeCastro to Lead Finance in Americas Region

8 Jan 2019
Nokian Tyres has hired Stephen DeCastro to lead North American financial operations from the company’s new office in Nashville, Tennessee. DeCastro will serve as Nokian Tyres’ Head of Finance and Controlling for the Americas region.

Nokian Tyres Adds General Counsel, IT Director to North American Leadership Team

4 Dec 2018
Nokian Tyres has taken another step forward in its North American growth plan with two additions to its Americas leadership team.

Generous Gift Bridges Nokian Tyres’ Scandinavian Roots, U.S. Future

27 Nov 2018
Minnie Fagerlund’s life was tested by tragedy, the terror of war, and separation from her Finnish homeland. Now, her legacy will live at Nokian Tyres’ new factory in Dayton, Tennessee, thanks to a generous gift from a local benefactor.

Nokian Tyres appoints Clayco as design build partner for its first North American manufacturing facility to be built in Tennessee

14 March 2018
Nokian Tyres, the world’s northernmost tire manufacturer, announced it is partnering with Clayco, Inc. to design and construct its new $360 million manufacturing facility to be built in Rhea County, Tennessee.

Nokian Tyres breaks ground on $360 million manufacturing facility in Tennessee

20 Sept 2017 
Nokian Tyres today broke ground on its $360 million manufacturing facility in Dayton, Tennessee. Nokian Tyres CEO Hille Korhonen, is joined by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam as well as other state and local dignitaries, to celebrate Rhea County’s largest foreign direct investment to date. 

Nokian Tyres’ Board of Directors has made a principal decision to invest in a greenfield factory in the USA

3 May 2017
Nokian Tyres’ Board of Directors has made a principal decision on the investment in the third factory and authorized the management of the Company to sign a Letter of Intent with the respective authorities in the USA. The new greenfield factory will be located in Dayton (Rhea County), Tennessee, USA.

Nokian Tyres announces construction of first North American manufacturing facility to be built in Tennessee

3 May 2017
Nokian Tyres, the world’s northernmost tire manufacturer, announced it is investing $360 million to build its first North American plant in Rhea County, Tennessee. Nokian Tyres will break ground on the Dayton, TN plant in early 2018 with production launching in 2020.

Timeline of Events

May 2017 – Dayton, TN, factory announced
September 2017 – Groundbreaking Ceremony
December 2017 – Completed site preparation
March 2018 – Appointment of Clayco, manufacturing portion design builder
September 2018 – Hires of local leadership to oversee plant personnel and operations

Construction plans

The Nokian Tyres Dayton Factory will have local impact and global reach. Here in East Tennessee, we will create 400 jobs that will help grow the area’s economy and strengthen the company’s position in the international tire market. Our world-class facility will use next-generation technology to build, distribute and store four million tires each year.  As we continue to build the factory and make plans for its use, we are excited to pursue local engagement opportunities while supporting our global partners.

Vendors

Nokian Tyres is not currently accepting unsolicited bids nor requests for proposal from vendors. Interested parties may contact either Rhea County Economic & Community Development or Clayco, the manufacturing portion design builder.

Rhea County Economic & Community Development (RECD): 
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Interested subcontractors may prequalify by contacting Clayco:
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