Nokian Tyres High-Tech Tire Manufacturing Facility is a Good Neighbor to All

Finland-based tire maker fuels economic growth in the Chattanooga area.

Kevin Litwin
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 13:06

Keeping the world moving. 

That’s what Nokian Tyres is doing. The Finland-based company is now making tires in North America – in the Chattanooga area – thanks to the 2019 opening of a high-tech, $360 million tire manufacturing facility in Dayton/Rhea County. 

When at full capacity in the near future, approximately 4 million tires will be produced annually for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks by up to 400 employees at Nokian Tyres. But the company isn’t just creating economic growth in the region: It’s also fueling the growth of its team members. 

“We’re passionate about making sure our employees grow while they’re working for us,” says David Korda, Dayton Factory operations manager. “We don’t just want our people to serve the company; we also want to serve them by challenging and empowering them.” 

The new Dayton facility will have five buildings: a mixing plant for raw materials, the manufacturing factory, warehouse, ancillary utility building and a world-class administration building. 

“We plan to be a positive contributor to the Volunteer State in many ways.” 

David Korda, Dayton Factory operations manager

Nokian Tyres officials say one of the company’s key goals is to make the factory as sustainable as possible by limiting emissions, fostering a green workplace and making tires without harmful ingredients. One illustration of that plan: Solar panels will power the administration building. 

“We make premium tires that keep drivers safe, but it’s also important that we make them in a sustainable way,” Korda says. “From our tire compounds to our eco-friendly facilities, we aim to be an industry and community leader when it comes to sustainability.” 

It’s all about being a good neighbor in Rhea County and beyond. 

“Nokian Tyres isn’t just located in the Southeast Tennessee community; we want to be a valuable part of that community,” Korda says. “We have actively contributed to this region in a variety of ways – creating jobs, participating in community service and sponsoring local events that drive growth. We’re also funding a pair of scholarships for high-achieving students in the area.” 

In addition to the tire manufacturing facility, Nokian Tyres has also moved its North American headquarters from Vermont to Nashville to be near the Dayton factory. 

“We’re very glad to be here,” Korda says. “We plan to be a positive contributor to the Volunteer State in many ways.” 

Learn more at Nokian Tyres.


Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.