Yokohama picks design firm for West Point plant

YOKOHAMA_black_logoWEST POINT — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has chosen an architect for its planned West Point tire plant

The Atlanta office of Kajima Associates/Architects & Engineers will design the project’s first phase, which is supposed to cost $300 million. The 931,000-square-foot factory will include production, warehousing and operations facilities for American subsidiary Yokohama Tire Corp. The first phase will employ about 500 and be able to make 1 million tires yearly.

Construction is supposed to start this summer and finish in October 2015.

Yokohama plans as many as three more phases, which would bring investment to $1.2 billion and employment to 2,000. Government aid and tax incentives could total $330 million if all phases are built.

Kajima is part of a Japanese firm that also has American construction and construction management arms.