Nokian Tyres has opened its North American production factory in Dayton, Tennessee.

The supplier will produce around 4m tires per year at the factory once it reaches full capacity.

At that stage, the company will employ as many as 400 workers. The factory is currently in trial production stage and will be ready to make tyres for commercial use in early 2020.

Nokian has set a goal to double its North American sales in five years.

“The opening of the Dayton Factory is a key milestone in our growth,” said Nokian Tyres president and CEO, Hille Korhonen.

“Our multinational team has brought our company’s vision to life through teamwork, and we’re eager to celebrate their accomplishment.

“The North American factory provides a premium relationship with our customers by making safe, sustainable products.”

The new Dayton factory is the result of collaboration between North American leadership, experts from Finland and Russia, construction workers, as well as equipment installers.

The facility will manufacture a mix of all-season and all-weather products.

The factory will help Nokian Tyres align its global production network to meet the demands of customers in other regions, freeing up capacity to tailor products to those markets.