Officials at Aldora Mills hosted a delegation of local officials and business leaders last week to show off new equipment Continental Tire has invested about $9 million over the past year or so.The company is phasing out a plant in Porterdale and moving production of single end yarns used in reinforcing conveyor belts and rubber hoses to Aldora.That process is about 75% complete, plant manager Ryal Siem told visitors who toured the facility. Aldora has added approximately 100 jobs, about one third of which were filled by employees transferring from Porterdale.When the expansion was announced in late 2017, local officials said it was the Barnesville work force that made it possible. The plant offers a good starting wage and all the benefits expected from a diversified, global company. The plant now employs about 300 people, suffers very little turnover and enjoys an absentee rate well below one percent. It is not uncommon to find employees with over 40 years of service and retirees who have worked over 50 years.Continental boasts annual sales of almost $50 billion, has 554 locations in 61 countries and employs 235,473 people worldwide.The company owns nearly 100 acres with plenty of room for expansion in and around the current facility which opened in 1888 as a cotton mill and began producing tire cord in the early 1920. Continental acquired the operation in 1986.
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