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Yokohama Tire Corporation plans to establish tire R&D facility in Cornelius


“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.”

“Mecklenburg County is pleased to partner with the Town of Cornelius to bring new commercial investment and jobs to the Lake Norman area. This addition of advanced technical and engineering jobs is a great example of the diverse economic base of the County and the workforce available in all parts of the County,” said Peter Zeiler, Director of Mecklenburg County’s Office of Economic Development.

“Yokohama’s planned expansion in Cornelius is a great win for our community. This is an excellent example of how the Town has worked to add additional tax base and high-quality jobs” said Mayor Woody Washam.

“This facility will be an excellent fit for Cornelius and the Lake Norman area. We have a
strong and growing International business presence in our community,” said Ryan
McDaniels, Executive Director of Lake Norman Economic Development.

Key partners in this project include the North Carolina Community College System, the
Charlotte Chamber, The Knox Group, Legacy Pointe Properties and UNC Charlotte.

The proposed facility is contingent upon approval of a Business Investment Program grant
approval by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, as well as Economic
Development Incentive grant approval by the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners

Yokohama Tire Corporation
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of
Tokyo, Japan-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

Lake Norman Economic Development
Lake Norman Economic Development is responsible for the development and
implementation of the economic development strategy for the towns of Cornelius,
Davidson and Huntersville, and the Lake Norman region. These strategies will result in
improving the quality of life for the region’s residents through the expansion of the tax
base by attracting new capital investment and creating new, highly skilled jobs for the
regions residents. For more information visit


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