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By Bob Montgomery, GoUpstate
Greenville-based Michelin North America has moved into the second phase of a $270 million project to build a 3.3 million-square-foot distribution center in Spartanburg County that is expected to create 350 jobs.
The tire maker announced in September 2016 it would build an automated warehouse distribution operation for receiving and shipping of tires under the Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands for passenger vehicles, heavy trucks and agricultural equipment.
The site is southwest of Reidville on Highway 101, near Brockman Road to the north and Highway 417 to the south. It is a short distance from seven Michelin tire plants across the Upstate, as well as the company’s Greenville headquarters for North America.
It is also located near interstates 85, 26 and 385 and near the S.C. Inland Port at Greer.
Two buildings totaling 1.1 million square feet have been built during the first phase, which is mostly complete, according to Michelin.
Second-phase plans for five more buildings totaling 2.2 million square feet have been filed with Spartanburg County’s planning office.
Construction has been underway since the fall. Full completion is expected by early 2019.
At 3.3 million square feet, Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said the facility will be one of the largest distribution centers in the country.
“Michelin was our first foreign industry in 1978 to plant roots in Spartanburg,” said Britt, chairman of council’s Economic Development Committee. “Michelin and BMW — we couldn’t ask for better
industries to be partners.”
Britt said Michelin has been proactive in meeting with residents who live near the site and working with the county’s planning department.
To incentivize the project, County Council gave Michelin a reduced property tax rate.
Michelin North America employs about 22,700 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.