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
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.
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.
Interested subcontractors may prequalify by contacting Clayco:
We will begin hiring workers in 2019. If you are interested in learning more about employment opportunities at the Dayton factory, we invite you to join our talent network on LinkedIn.
Anticipated areas include:
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.
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.
4 Dec 2018
Nokian Tyres has taken another step forward in its North American growth plan with two additions to its Americas leadership team.
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.
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.