An Upstate site will host a manufacturing plant for a new type of tire that does not require air.
Michelin North America revealed Thursday that it plans to make the new airless tire/wheel — which it’s calling the “Tweel” — at a new plant in the Greenville County town of Piedmont. The company plans to make a formal announcement next week at the 135,000-square-foot former textile warehouse it has converted. It will be Michelin’s tenth South Carolina facility when it opens on November 20.
The Tweel was developed at Michelin’s research center in Greenville County and first announced as an invention nine years ago. The hybrid tire and wheel uses spokes that lead to a shock-absorbing rubber tread band and is marketed as an alternative to pneumatic tires. At the moment, the company has a deal in place with John Deere to use Tweels on some commercial mowers.
The company released few other details, not even mentioning how many jobs would be created at the new site. Michelin North America Chairman and President Pete Selleck will be on hand, the company said Thursday.