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WHITE, Ga. -- The Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing facility in Bartow County will expand over the next few years, creating hundreds of new jobs in the process.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced the expansion Monday. The Japanese tire company opened its first North American manufacturing plant in White, Ga., in 2004. The plant will add 700,000 square feet to its 2 million-square-foot facility by the end of 2017.
The project will create 650 new jobs and bring $371 million to Bartow County.
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"We are honored that Toyo Tire has approved a further expansion in Bartow County. They have been a great corporate partner for the community, having already created more than 1,000 jobs, and will soon have invested nearly $1 billion," Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor said in a statement. "We are proud that they continue to believe in Bartow, as we do in them."
The expanded facility will create tires for passenger cars and light trucks.