The Michelin North America Inc., Ardmore Manufacturing Plant rolled its first tire off the line in 1970.  Over the last 48 years, Michelin's Ardmore plant has grown tremendously as it now encompasses 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing operations and produces some of the most technically advanced passenger car and light truck tires on America's roadways. The facility employs more than 1,700 people, the most of any Michelin manufacturing facility in the United States.  Built in 1969 by Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company, the production facility was on the verge of ending operations after 20 years until Michelin acquired Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company in 1990. Five years after the acquisition, a tornado destroyed the plant, but the facility was fully operational just two months later due to unparalleled employee engagement and Michelin's $45 million rebuilding investment. Overall, Michelin has invested more than $400 million into Ardmore since acquiring the plant from Uniroyal Goodrich. The Michelin Ardmore plant partners with Southern Tech to train their maintenance workforce, provide Business Unit Leader and teambuilding training, and to provide scholarship and internship opportunities to students in Southern Tech’s full-time Mechatronics program.