Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres employees inspect finished tires at the Dayton factory on Thursday. Each tire is inspected by an employee as well as digitally inspected before being sent to the Nokian warehouse for distribution.

Approximately 40 job openings remain at Nokian Tyres’ Dayton factory as part of the recruiting campaign the company launched for the first half of 2021. The company is seeking production operators, maintenance technicians and other roles related to production at one of the most high-tech, sustainable factories in the tire industry.

Nokian Tyres has hired or begun the hiring process for around 100 workers at the Dayton factory since announcing in January that it would hire approximately 150 workers in the first half of the year. The new workers will enable Nokian Tyres to add third and fourth shifts to help meet growing demand for its products in the North American market.

Interested candidates can visit NokianTyres.com/DaytonFactory to apply. Anyone who has already applied does not need to resubmit an application.

Most production positions require the following qualifications:

• High school diploma and/or GED;

• Associate’s degree from an accredited community, technical or vocational college preferred;

• One to two years of direct experience in manufacturing environment preferred; and

• Experience with lean/process improvement tools and/or interest in advancing knowledge in this area.

“We have received hundreds of applications since launching our hiring push and hiring remains on schedule,” said Dayton Factory HR Operations Manager Blake Markham. “Nokian Tyres strives to be an employer of choice in southeast Tennessee, and we want as many people as possible to know about the high-quality opportunities we’re offering at our safe, sustainable factory.”

The growing workforce will enable the factory to expand production volume as Nokian Tyres seeks to satisfy rising demand for its products in North America, including the Nokian Tyres One, an all-season passenger tire the company launched in January.

Nokian Tyres plans to hire as many as 400 employees to produce tires and oversee operations at the Dayton factory by 2023. It eventually aims to make up to 4 million tires per year at the facility.

The southeast Tennessee facility opened in fall 2019 and is one of the most sustainable production factories in the industry. Its administration building recently earned LEED v4 Gold certification, and the production building was the first in the tire industry to earn LEED v4Silver certification, a result of its solar energy, energy efficiency and eco-friendly design. Last April, the factory earned ISO 9001 quality certification just six months after officially opening.

The company seeks to provide a positive culture for its employees. Workers are exposed to some of the most advanced production machinery and processes in the tire industry, and Nokian Tyres aims to foster an environment that helps employees develop professionally. Perks include competitive pay and benefits, a wellness center, a greenspace and even a sauna.