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Chinese tire importer buys former GM plant in Anderson

February 8, 2017

A company that imports tires from China has purchased a former General Motors plant in Indiana as a site to service its business customers.

Anderson economic development director Greg Winkler said Houston-based Sutong China Tire Resources is in the process of upgrading the 330,000-square-foot building, which was known as GM Plant 20.

The company plans to have 20 to 40 workers at the site, where it will service the utility and recreational vehicle trailer industry, large retail chain stores and independent tire retailers and wholesalers, according to Resource Commercial Real Estate, which was involved in the building's sale.

Financial terms were not disclosed, The Anderson Herald Bulletin reported.

The building was built in 1972 to house ignition-production operations for the Delco Remy division of General Motors. It was operated by Delco Remy and related companies until 2007.

S&S Steel bought the plant for $1.5 million from the city of Anderson in 2010 for an expansion, but the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 and put the site up for sale.

Sutong, founded in 1993, imports more than 5 million tires annually.

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