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Economic Development & Growth through Education

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“This significant investment represents our strong

commitment to customers in North America. This

is a key milestone for GITI Tire and an important

part of our growth strategy worldwide. Existing

business and strong demand for GITI Tire’s pas-

senger and light truck tires in North America have

made this significant investment in South Carolina

possible,” said Enki Tan, executive chairman of

GITI Tire Group, in a statement.

The Chester County site is an excellent opportuni-

ty for both the company and the people of South

Carolina. According to the South Carolina Depart-

ment of Commerce, the company plans to invest

$560 million and create 1,700 new jobs over the

next decade.

A number of elements persuaded the company

to locate in South Carolina, including the area’s

workforce and training opportunities provided by

readySC

and the technical college system.

Through collaboration with GITI subject matter

experts, readySC will craft a customized recruiting

and training solution designed to meet the initial

hiring and production needs at the new facility.

Understanding the unique needs of a start-up

company is crucial to the development of a suc-

cessful recruitment and training strategy, and

this first step begins with the Discovery Phase of

readySC’s 3D Process.

For GITI Tire, this required a two-week Discovery

trip in March 2015 to study existing facilities in

Asia.

Marianne Borders, Area Director for readySC, led

the Discovery team, which consisted of curricu-

lum development and design experts. The readySC

team traveled to select facilities in Indonesia and

China that provided the best model for operations

at the new South Carolina location.

The first days of the visit focused on production

at the PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk facility in Tangerang,

Indonesia. GITI Tire owns a 49.7% stake in the

company, which manufactures tires for consumer

cars and sports utility vehicles, commercial ve-

hicles, off-road vehicles, specialty machinery and

motorcycles.

From there, the team traveled to Hefei, China

to tour the first and largest GITI facility in the