Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. joined state and local officials in Cartersville last week in breaking ground on the company’s first wholly-owned North American consumer tire manufacturing and warehousing facility.

Toyo Tire North America Inc., a newly created subsidiary, will own and operate the Georgia plant. The plant, which is scheduled to open in January 2006, will initially employ some 350 persons, according to a Toyo announcement.

The new state-of-the-art facility will produce an estimated two million tires each year using Toyo’s new automated tire production system.

In addition to breaking ground for the new facility, Toyo Tire & Rubber presented the Bartow County Board of Education with a check for $10,000. The donation will be used to help support tutorial programs for Bartow high school students that focus on preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test and higher learning. “We are committed to working together with Georgians to create better jobs for the workforce and to strengthen the economic performance of its communities through programs that benefit families and their futures,” said Carlos Kibata, president of TNA, in the statement.

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