Yokohama Tire Corp. will break ground this morning on a $300 million commercial tire plant.
But on Sunday, company officials, joined by Missississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and other state and local leaders, celebrated another special occasion.
At the Ritz Theater in downtown West Point, newly named Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi President Tadaharu Yamamoto announced a $500,000 gift to East Mississippi Community College and Mississippi State University.
“One of the best ways to be a good neighbor is to get involved with your community, and $500,000 will get you involved,” Bryant said, drawing laughter from the audience.
The institutions will split the money evenly, and will use it for workforce training purposes.
“We know there are a lot of deserving Mississippians,” Yamamoto said, adding that the company wanted to show its appreciation for the hospitality it had received. “We also know how important education is to economic development.”