Nokian Tyres, NS, TVRM Sustainable Service Team

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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum provides switching services for Nokian Tires in Dayton, Tennessee, using this restored 1950s locomotive, named after the global tire manufacturer. (Photograph courtesy of Nokian Tyres)

Norfolk Southern (NS) customer Nokian Tires has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (TVRM) for switching services.

The museum provides a crew and a restored 1950s locomotive to move raw materials 5,000 feet from the BORN. line to a storage warehouse on Nokian tires‘s Dayton, Tenn., which NS helped the tire maker select in 2017. The $360 million LEED v4 Silver-certified plant opened in 2019, with commercial production beginning in 2020. NS has began providing rail service earlier this year.

According to Nokian Tyres, which also has manufacturing plants in Nokia, Finland, where it is headquartered, and Vsevolozhsk, Russia, the plant produces all-weather and all-weather tires for cars and light trucks specific to the ‘North America.

The changeover at Dayton usually takes place weekly, Nokian Tires said. The Age of the Railroad, “but this number increases as the volume of incoming materials increases.” The switcher used there “first served in Korea with the US Army, before being used by the US Air Force to move rockets at Cape Kennedy in the 1960s”, according to the tire maker . “It was again used by the United States Army before being donated to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.”

“This locomotive helps us reliably handle larger amounts of material and streamline our processes,” said Daniel Dobbs, transport manager at Nokian Tyres. “It’s a step in the right direction to support the plant as we continue to ramp up production.” The company has increased its workforce from 150 employees to approximately 330 in 2021. At full capacity, the Dayton plant will employ up to 400 workers, produce up to four million tires per year and store up to 600,000 tires , he reported.

“As we grow in serving our customers and drivers, we want to grow in a way that honors our community and respects the environment,” said David Korda, COO of Nokian Tires Dayton Factory. “[The restored switcher from TVRM] helps us transport more raw materials to our factory in a sustainable way, while partnering with an organization that preserves the rich history of rail in this region.

“The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum supports our rail preservation efforts through a growing rail switching operation,” said TVRM President Tim Andrews. “These operations provide a safe, fast and cost-effective service to companies like Nokian Tires that help grow the region’s manufacturing footprint.”

“Nokian Tires reinforces our shared commitment to sustainability by leveraging a piece of rail history to serve its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant,” summarized Nova Scotia’s Director of Industrial Development. , Jacob Weir. “Rail is the most sustainable method of shipping freight over land, and together we are reducing carbon emissions in materials in motion, while connecting Nokian Tires to markets across the United States and the world.

The Nokian Tires plant in Dayton, Tennessee (pictured) began producing North America-specific all-weather and all-season tires for cars and light trucks in 2020. It is LEED v4 Silver certified. (Photograph courtesy of Nokian Tyres)

Alejandro L. Myatt