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Mitas produces first tire in Iowa

Farm and industrial tyre manufacturer Mitas Tires North America Inc. has cured its first test tyre at its new plant in Charles City, Iowa. Mitas is part of CGS Holding, a Czech company.

“Mitas can make tires in Iowa,” said Pavel Charvat, president and plant director, said in a press release. “This test tire is the first tire produced by Mitas on the American continent. Now, Mitas is tweaking the machinery, streamlining processes and training workers for the Charles City plant to be ready for serial production in April.” The exact date of the official opening of the plant and start of serial production will be announced in due course.

Mitas has earmarked $52 million for the Charles City investment. The factory capacity is slated to reach production of more than 12,000 metric tons of radial agricultural and industrial tires by 2013.

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