The proposed CTNA expansion includes the installation of new rubber mixers, increased capacity of existing mixers, 10 new tire-curing presses and other equipment changes needed to help increase production.
The EPA has already approved the company’s proposal to add organo-silane coupling agents to the rubber formation process, a move Granberg says will improve tire safety and vehicle fuel economy.
Eisenga did not return a call regarding Granberg’s efforts.
“We’re all in this together,” Granberg said. “While we are aggressively working to bring new businesses into Southern Illinois to replace manufacturing jobs that have gone overseas, we also need to give strong support to those businesses and workers that have stayed in our region. I will continue working with Continental Tire and other local businesses to make sure they have the resources they need to thrive.”