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By Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal
Site plans have been filed for the first two warehouses of Greenville-based Michelin North America’s proposed 3.9 million-square-foot distribution centers in Spartanburg County. The plans, filed on Dec. 9, show two buildings — a 432,768-square-foot facility beside a 662,400-square-foot facility — totaling nearly 1.1 million square feet. When complete, the $270 million center will feature six connected 662,400-square-foot buildings, according to Michelin. Those facilities will support 350 jobs and the distribution of the tire manufacturer’s Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands for passenger vehicles, heavy trucks and agricultural equipment. The first phase of the center is expected to open in late 2017, and the whole center could be operational by early 2019. Michelin spokesman Tony Fouladpour declined to comment on the site plan, and instead referred back to the company chairman and president Pete Selleck’s statement in September. “The Spartanburg distribution facility will cap a multiyear evolution of Michelin’s distribution network in North America,” Selleck said in the statement. “We see it as a transformational milestone designed to better serve our customers while optimizing inventories and improving supply efficiency.” The facility is being developed on 165 acres of t 462-acre site currently comprised of six properties at 3601 Highway 101 near the intersection of Highway 417.
Michelin spent the past two years evaluating more than 70 sites for the project before settling on the location off Highway 101, according to the filing. “Michelin is not a company that seeks the limelight, but they do so much more than you know,” said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt. “Michelin and BMW changed Spartanburg and the Upstate forever. We have the finest automaker and the finest tire maker in the world right here.”Britt said he believes the distribution center will transform the Highway 101 corridor south of Interstate 85, attracting new industrial and residential growth, which could have a major impact on Spartanburg County School Districts 4, 5 and 6. “We’re poised to work with that growth to make it beneficial to the people of Spartanburg,” he said. “Michelin’s decision is monumental in so many ways.”