New tires being manufactured in Iowa
Mitas Tires North America is beginning to manufacturer three new tire sizes at its Charles City, Iowa plant: one for combines, 750/65R26 SFT, and two for tractors, 380/95R38 AC 85 and 480/95R50 AC 85. Additional tire manufacturing for all types of agricultural operations are on the horizon.
The company says manufacturing these three new tires are in response to the demand from original farm equipment manufacturers and the replacement tire market. “Customers request larger tires with a lower aspect ratio and improved performance,” said Neil Rayson, the senior vice-president for sales and marketing in North America.
Mitas plans to produce tires of up to 54-inch diameter and 1,200 millimeter width in Charles City. April marks the first anniversary of the Charles City plant producing agricultural/farm tires.
By the end of 2013, Mitas plans to install three additional curing presses reaching a total annual production capacity of 13,500 metric tons of tires. The tires produced in Charles City are agricultural radial. The $53 million investment by the European-based company will provide employment to 237 Iowans.
“Mitas’ 2012 sales in North America were the best ever,” said Pavel Charvat, the president of Mitas Tires North America. “The North American operations represent 10 percent of all Mitas’ sales.”