Friday, October 27, 2023

Officials react to closure of Ardmore Michelin plant


OKLAHOMA CITY (October 26, 2023) - Governor Kevin Stitt, [U.S. Senator James Lankford,] State Senator Jerry Alford (R-Ardmore), and State Representative Tammy Townley (R-Ardmore)issued the following statements today following the news of the Michelin Tire Manufacturing facility ceasing operations in Ardmore:

Governor Stitt: "It’s definitely disappointing to hear that Michelin is leaving Ardmore. They’ve been a mainstay in southern Oklahoma for years. Events like this illustrate why it’s important to be the most business friendly state. Business is constantly changing, but Ardmore is great location with a great workforce, and I have no doubt we will attract more businesses. I know Oklahomans will do what we always do – lend a hand to their neighbor as these folks transition to the next chapter. I’m working with Lt. Gov. Pinnell and the Department of Commerce to make sure those impacted have access to available programs so they land on their feet."

State Senator Alvord: "I'm saddened to learn of the announced closure of the Michelin tire plant in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The abruptness of this decision has caught us all off guard, including those in the industry. This decision will undoubtedly have a significant economic impact on our community, and the loss of jobs is deeply distressing. Our thoughts are with the hardworking employees and their families who will be affected by this unfortunate development. I understand the importance of job stability and economic security and will work tirelessly to help bring new opportunities to our great state."

State Representative Townley: "I know this decision was not made lightly, and while we would have loved to of been given every opportunity by Michelin North America to keep them growing strong in our area for years to come, we respect their decision to move their operation. We are so grateful that they are going to keep the rubber mixing operation in Ardmore. We will do our best to support the affected families during the shut down process."

U.S. Senator James Lankford: “It is devastating to hear that the Michelin plant is leaving Ardmore. I just personally talked to the senior leadership at Michelin, and I received assurances that they
 will take care of the families and the community in the days ahead. Ardmore is a fast-growing community perfectly situated between Dallas and Oklahoma City. I know that they will bounce back quickly from this news, and they have a very bright future ahead.”


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