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Aldora celebrates 125 years

This year marks the 125-year anniversary of the Aldora Mills plant of Continental Tire the Americas’ tire cord fabric production facility in Barnesville. The facility opened in 1888 as a cotton mill and began producing tire cord between 1920 and 1921. Over the years, Aldora Mills experienced many expansions, changes and updates, adding to the overall modernization and efficiency of the plant. In 1930, the plant was sold to the General Tire and Rubber Company, which was later purchased by Continental Tire in 1986. Today the 888,000 square-foot facility produces about 36 million pounds of tire cord fabric a year used in the production of Continental and General brand passenger and light truck vehicles. ’Aldora’s long history is only possible because of the dedication of its employees and their continued efforts to stay competitive and advance our production techniques,’ said Terry Graham, Aldora Mills plant manager. ‘We look forward to the future to continue as a worldclass manufacturer and contributing to the success of Continental.’ To celebrate this commemorative anniversary, Aldora Mills employees and their families attended a picnic at The Rock Ranch Saturday, Oct. 12. CTA chief executive officer Jochen Etzel also attended the event.’The employees at the Aldora facility are valued members of our Continental family and the material produced at this facility is an essential component of our tires,’ said Etzel. ‘Aldora is one of the most modern tire cord production plants in the world. Its successful 125 years is attributed to the employees and family members celebrating with us today as well as past employees dating back all the way to 1888.’ Over the years, Aldora Mills and its employees have supported the local community through sponsorships and volunteer opportunities in partnership with the chamber of commerce and Leadership Lamar. Aldora Mills is the largest employer in the Barnesville area with more than 200 employees.

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