A major investment at Nokian Tyres plc’s Dayton, Tenn., plant will enable the company to build light truck tires there later this year. Tommi Heinonen, Nokian’s vice president, PCT, North America, discusses Nokian’s light truck tire plans in the U.S.
MTD: Why has Nokian decided to build light truck tires at its plant in Tennessee?
Heinonen: Making select light truck tires in Dayton allows us to meet the demands of American drivers, with whom this segment is more popular than in Europe. Thus, it’s another opportunity to tailor the products made in North America to the needs of drivers here in the region.
MTD: Where are Nokian’s light truck tires sold in the U.S. and Canada built today?
Heinonen: Today our light-truck tires are produced at our Nokia, Finland, factory. We will continue to make winter LT tires in Nokia, while …