Today, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company celebrates 25 years of business in Tupelo/Lee County, MS. The plant was dedicated on September 19, 1985.
“This is a very special occasion for Cooper Tire. We couldn’t be more proud of our employees, both past and present, here in Tupelo,” said plant manager Pat Jodon. “We hope that the Tupelo community, Lee County, and the state of Mississippi all share in this celebration, as their support over the years has been an integral part of our success. Quality tires made by quality people is a mantra that the Tupelo Plant believes strongly in, and we recognize that the achievement of this goal is not possible without the tremendous workforce we are blessed with, or the tremendous support we receive.”
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company took occupancy of the former Penn Tire building in 1984, purchasing the 635,000 square foot facility on Green Street. In 2010, the industrial plant measures over two million square feet and employs more than 1,300 people. In September 2009, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company began its 17th expansion to the Green Street facility, which included a 32,000 square foot addition to add a new mixing building to the southwest corner of the facility. The result of this expansion will be 100 new jobs for the facility.
“We congratulate this special company on 25 years of business in Lee County,” said Darrell Rankin, president, Lee County Board of Supervisors. “Cooper Tire & Rubber Company continues to put its trust in the people of Lee County through job creation and capital investment, and for that, we are grateful.”
“Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has been an exemplary corporate citizen to our community for the past 25 years,” said Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed, Jr. “We celebrate this milestone with them today and look forward to many more prosperous years for this company.”