Enterprise Minister congratulates Michelin on 40 years

Nov 16, 2009

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has congratulated Michelin Tyre plc on 40 successful years in Ballymena.

The company’s Ballymena plant, which manufactures heavy bus and truck tyres for export, is the group’s fourth largest site worldwide.

It employs around 1,000 people and some of the apprentices who started their as apprentices in 1969 are still working there.

Speaking at a reception to mark Michelin’s 40th anniversary in Ballymena, the Minister said: “Michelin is a major economic force in Ballymena and the surrounding area and has a strong history of investment in capability and skills.

“It is one of the best performing plants in the company’s heavy tyre group of factories and has also contributed significantly to the community, through its extensive programme of corporate social responsibility.

“I’m pleased to be here today to congratulate and thank Michelin for its 40-year commitment to Northern Ireland, and to wish it many more years of success.”

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