Groundbreaking ceremony for Continental Tire

CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) — Continental Tire broke ground in Hinds County Thursday.

The plant will hire 2,500 people in the next few years and take bids for contracts, however, there are questions about contracts going to businesses outside Mississippi.

A Continental spokesperson said Brad Cole Construction from Georgia got the contract to clear the land at the site.

That bid was considerably lower than others from Mississippians, but we weren’t told how much the contract is worth.

We do know that subcontractors from Mississippi were hired.

Below is a list of information given to WJTV by Continental


  • The project is on schedule. The schedule on the website is current and up to date.
  • More than 90 percent of the spending to date has been with Mississippi companies. This includes acquisition, legal fees, permitting, survey and engineering.
  • Continental continues to use the contractor registration site on the MDA website. Each RFP includes a section for contractors to provide the names of local and minority vendors and subcontractors. Continental’s internal processes require a multi-bid procurement process.
  • For the grubbing and clearing contract, we sent approximately 100 emails to Mississippi-based companies asking them to respond to our RFP. We had a response rate of roughly 25 percent. 60 percent of the RFQ (Request for Qualification) came from Mississippi companies. Fifty percent of the finalist companies where Mississippi-based.

Mississippi companies who have been engaged on the project to date:

     Contractors, Subcontractors and Vendors Update

  • Adams and Reece, Ridgeland, MS – legal services
  • Butler Snow, Ridgeland, MS – legal services
  • Jones Walker, Jackson, MS – legal services
  • Neel Schaeffer, Jackson, MS – Engineering – Contract is with DOT for road design
    FC&E Engineering, – Air Permitting Consultant, Brandon, MS
    Brad Cole, Carrollton, GA – site clearing.
  • Gleeds USA, Atlanta, GA – Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management.
  • Borge Warner, Birmingham, AL – civil engineering design services

     Sub Contractors to Borge Warner – Civil engineering design

  • Terracon, Ridgeland, MS – geotechnical services
    Headwaters, Ridgeland, MS – environmental permit services, (also worked for MDA during site selection. Conti funds paid for pre-announcement services.
  • Mercury Aviation, Jackson, MS – supplier to the project – aerial photography
    Sub Contractors on the site clearing (Brad Cole)
    RJ McQueen, Collins, MS – erosion control
  •  B and B logging, Meridian, MS and Forest
  • Warren Excavation, Madison, MS – subcontractor on the project
  • Dickerson Petroleum, Kosciusko, MS – supplier to the project
  • B&B Chip and Timber, Forest MS – clearing subcontractor
  • United Rental, Jackson, MS – rental equipment·
  • Embellished Events and Interiors of Jackson has been retained as the events company for the groundbreaking. Embellished Events is owned by Nicole Hardy and Tasha Rowe. Additionally, they have subcontracted the catering to Kent’s Catering of Jackson.
  • Quita Bride of Vicksburg, MS has been retained to provide contract communications services for Continental.
  • In the last year Continental had over 400 hotel night stays in the Jackson area.

Continental has a well-defined procurement process that is designed to identify contractors who have the greatest expertise at competitive rates. While there may be times during construction that require the use of out-of-state firms, those firms will often hire from the local community and utilize local businesses. Continental continues to strive for local business and community participation whenever possible, and we look forward to continuing that effort with the State of Mississippi, Hinds County and the City of Clinton. Mississippi-based business interested in providing competitive bids for projects related to Continental’s Clinton facility should register online with the Mississippi Development Authority.
Regarding Continental’s work with minority-owned businesses in the U.S.

  • Continental is committed to promoting a global workforce that reflects the identity and diversity of the local communities it serves. In 2015, Continental did $390M in business with minority and women suppliers, in the U.S. alone.
  • In 2016, we are forecasting to do just over $400M
  • So far in 2016 we have done business with 77 minority and women suppliers
  • Our current diversity database has over 500 suppliers in it. The database continues to grow as we meet new diverse suppliers. I would anticipate it growing more once we have the online registration portal up and running.

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