Tire maker Michelin has been hiring in Nova Scotia where it operates three manufacturing plants.
According to reports, it has hired 40 staff and is looking to add as many as 100 more as the market for its passenger car and light truck tires stabilizes. The company operates plants in Waterville, Granton, and Bridgewater, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in December 2009.
The hiring boost comes after a hiring freeze that had been in place since the automotive sector went for a tumble in 2009.
The company says that job sharing and a flexible approach by employees assisted the company in remaining strong throughout the difficult year, and has positioning it well to rebuild quickly as it has been able to retain long-time, experienced employees.
Michelin has approximately 3,500 employees at its three Nova Scotia plants. The Bridgewater plant produces radial passenger and light truck tires and steel cord. The plant in Granton, Pictou County, also produces radial passenger and light truck tires, as well as moulds, while the Waterville, Kings County plant produces radial truck and small industrial tires, as well as tires for earthmoving equipment.