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SC’s Competitive

EDGE:

Tire Industry

About Continental

In 2011, Continental Tire selected Sumter, SC to be its first North American pas-

senger/light truck tire plant built since the 1970s. At production rates of 8 million

tires per year by 2017, the site would employ 1,600 skilled workers. readySC

partnered with Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) to provide customized

recruitment and training solutions designed to meet the organization’s specific

workforce and training challenges. readySC also partnered with Apprenticeship

Carolina

to offer Continental customized apprenticeship training programs to

meet highly skilled and future workforce needs. More than 650 employees have

been recruited and trained so far. Production of tires began three months ahead

of schedule. readySC and CCTC will soon open the Advanced Manufacturing

Technology Training Center through a collaborative partnership with the city

of Sumter, Sumter County, the state of South Carolina and federal funding. This

facility will offer necessary skills training for the employees of Continental Tire,

as well as for students of CCTC and the growing workforce of Sumter County.

application exported simulation performance data

and test results. The company received these results

on a regular basis.

Once construction on the Continental site was com-

plete, the need for an off-site simulation changed as

on-site training became available, and the training

plan evolved accordingly. However, the readySC

solution was an integral part of the company’s initial

start-up phase.

“We at Continental appreciate all the effort that

went into designing and building a ‘best of the best’

tire inspection training exercise,” said Stephanie

Hess, director of human resources for Continental

Tire the Americas. “This interactive exercise afford-

ed candidates the opportunity to apply what they

learned in the classroom about tire manufacturing

— all while utilizing the latest iPad technology. The

readySC team truly delivered a value-added simula-

tion for Continental.”

At production rates of

8 million tires per year by 2017,

the site would employ

1,600 SKILLED WORKERS

MORE THAN

650 EMPLOYEES

have been recruited and

trained so far

Production of tires began

THREE MONTHS AHEAD

OF SCHEDULE

We at Continental appreciate all of the effort that has gone

into designing and building a ‘best of the best’ tire inspection

training exercise.”

— STEPHANIE HESS, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCS FOR CONTINENTAL TIRE THE AMERICAS