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Michelin opens newest tire plant in Starr, SC

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Michelin's new Starr plant will manufacture the large earthmover tires. (Dec. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina) Michelin's new Starr plant will manufacture the large earthmover tires. (Dec. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
STARR, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Tire manufacturer Michelin North America will celebrate the opening of its new production facility with a big unveiling Thursday in Anderson County.

The facility, located at 1 Bib Way in Starr, will produce the worlds largest tires, named Earthmover. The Earthmover tire will measure 13 feet, weigh 11,000 pounds and be used in mining.

At the opening celebration, Michelin will be rolling out the tire in front of the media, local politicians and special guests. The celebration is expected to begin at 11 a.m.

About 80 percent of the tires made at the plant will be exported to countries around the world, according to a Michelin spokesperson.

Michelin said the plant is part of their $750 million investment in South Carolina. It's the first Michelin plant to be built in the US in several years and the ninth facility to be located in South Carolina.

Gov. Nikki Haley was originally scheduled to appear at Thursday's event, but she stayed in Columbia for the return of her husband's South Carolina National Guard unit from Afghanistan.

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