Yokohama Tire Corporation to open R&D Facility in Mecklenburg County
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Yokohama Tire Corporation to open R&D Facility in Mecklenburg County

April 10, 2018 - Yokohama, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., has announced plans to locate an R&D facility in Mecklenburg County. The Cornelius facility will create 56 jobs and generate $5.85 million investment for the area.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing an extensive sales network throughout the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications.

“Cornelius is a great fit for our company,” said Tetsuya Kuze, vice president of Yokohama Corporation of North Carolina. “The proximity to the airport and the skilled workforce is going to make this facility very successful.”

“We congratulate Yokohama on the opening of their new facility and express our sincere appreciation for their selection of Mecklenburg County,” added Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber CEO and President. “The new jobs created and investment made locally is a boon to the local economy and offers the potential for additional growth in the years ahead.”

In addition to the Charlotte Chamber, key partners in this project include the North Carolina Community College System, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Mecklenburg County, Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners and Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation.

Eileen Cai
Vice President, Economic & Asian Development
Charlotte Chamber

Ryan McDaniels
Executive Director
Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation


Economic development is a team sport. The Charlotte Chamber works closely with and appreciates our strategic economic development allies at the Charlotte Center City Partners, Charlotte Regional Partnership, City of Charlotte, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Department of Commerce and University City Partners in growing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg economy.

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