Tire company says it’s received provincial approval, plans to start hiring
Published Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:55AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:50AM EDT
It’s a green light for Green Arc.
Company officials said Tuesday that they had received their final environmental approvals from the province, paving the way for them to move into production mode at their planned tire manufacturing plant in St. Marys.
First announced in late 2013, the James Street South facility was initially expected to be up and running by February 2014.
That date was pushed back several times due to issues with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change – including a fine levied against the company’s owner that had yet to be paid, relating to a previous business – but Tuesday’s announcement means hiring can get underway in earnest, officials said.
“We are delighted that the company has met all requirements, and now has the official go ahead to start putting people to work,” Green Arc CEO Mike DiCenzo said in a news release.
The plant, located at a former Dana Canada auto parts facility, is expected to employ 340 people and produce as many as three million tires per year.
Production is expected to begin in about four months, the release said.