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8/14/13 - Yokohama Tire opens office in Cochran Research Park

One of the world's leading premium tire manufacturing companies recognized for its technology and innovation is locating in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is opening an office in the state's largest research park that will serve as the company's operational headquarters while its new manufacturing plant in Clay County is under construction, according to a Mississippi State University official.

"We are very pleased to welcome members of the Yokohama Tire team to the Thad Cochran Research Park and Industry Partners Building, and to develop a new pipeline of communication between us," said Marc McGee, director of the MSU Research and Technology Corporation, the entity that manages the park.


Joey Deason, left, chief operating officer for the Golden Triangle Development Link; Marc McGee, director of the Mississippi State University Research and Technology Corp.; and Alan Easome, senior director of operations-new plant development for Yokohama Tire Corp., pose for a photograph in front of Yokohama's new office in the Cochran Research Park Aug. 2. (Photo by Zach Rowland, MSU Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems).

The Research Park space will form the center for strategic and logistical operations for Yokohama Tire while overseeing the development of its manufacturing facility. It will house several business functions including general management, human resources management, information management and business planning.

The plant is expected to have a total investment of $300 million initially and employ approximately 500 employees. Additional phases are expected to create up to 2,000 jobs and up to $1.2 billion over the next decade.

According to Joey Deason, chief operating officer for the Golden Triangle Development Link and vice president for Oktibbeha Economic Development, "Yokohama's presence in the Thad Cochran Park will encourage and foster not only a relationship with the university, but also with Starkville and Oktibbeha County. It will drive economic growth and showcase the quality of life for the local community."

David Shaw, MSU's vice president for research and economic development, said that the land-grant institution is looking forward to working further with Yokohama Tire, its suppliers, economic developers and elected officials as the project moves forward.

"Yokohama Tire's decision to build in the Golden Triangle is a very strong example of how a major research university is a significant economic development asset," he added.

The 272-acre park is a joint venture of the City of Starkville, Oktibbeha County and the university, with the MSU RTC responsible for day-to-day management. A recent expansion added an additional 45 acres complete with roads, dual-fiber capabilities and utilities. The 38,000-square-foot Industry Partners Building opened in 2010 and is among nine buildings in the park.

For additional information about locating or building in the park, contact McGee at or 662-325-9575.

For information about the Link, contact Deason at or 662-570-5315.

Yokohama Tire Corporation, the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is online at

Jim Laird | University Relations

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