Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. announced last week it has reached a significant milestone in Nova Scotia with the production of the 200 millionth tire in this, the company’s 35th year of manufacturing in the province. Produced at Michelin’s Pictou County facility, the 200 millionth tire was a Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus, an original equipment fitment for the Toyota Camry. The Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus is one of Michelin’s fuel efficient tires that optimizes low rolling resistance for better fuel economy. “This is a significant milestone for the plants in Nova Scotia,” says Grant Ferguson, plant manager of Michelin’s Waterville Facility. “Each plant has contributed to the overall success and record of achievements attained at Michelin in Canada. For 35 years the Michelin facilities in Nova Scotia have been manufacturing quality products and tires for the North American markets.” Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. located in Nova Scotia in 1969, and began production for the North American market in 1971 in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County, followed by Bridgewater (1971), and Waterville (1982), Nova Scotia. Today, the company’s Canadian operations also include the sales and marketing division headquartered in Laval, Quebec. Michelin employs about 3,500 people across Nova Scotia and is the third largest private sector employer in the province with exports second only to that of the oil and gas industry. The Pictou County plant produced it first tire 35 years ago in October 1971 and continues to manufacture tires for the car, light truck and SUV tire market. Michelin’s Bridgewater facility also began operations in 1971 with the production of steel cord products and began producing tires for the light truck and passenger car market in 1973. Michelin’s Waterville facility, Michelin’s third largest truck tire plant, opened in 1982 and manufactures heavy-duty, earthmover and large industrial tires.