Harmse receives JCDC recognition

Here is a really nice article on Benny Harmse at CTNA from the Shoppers Weekly!

                                                   Harmse receives JCDC recognition

MT.VERNON – Benny Harmse, the plant manager of Continental Tire the Americas, was recognized for his work at the plant by the Jefferson County Development Corporation during its quarterly partners meeting on Nov. 9.

Harmse, who joined General Tire and Rubber Co., in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1986, came to Mt. Vernon in 2009.  He is taking on a new role with the company Jan. 1, 2019 as the vice president of manufacturing for North and South America, with his office in Ft. Mill, South Carolina.

“Benny began his time with Mt. Vernon in 2009, and has since been a key component in bringing investment and growth to the facility,” information from JCDC states.  “In 2011, a $255 million investment was made toward the expansion of the PLT side of the plant, adding 444 new jobs to the region.  Other significant investments and expansions proved to be successful, including the CVT expansion in 2013, a rail spur addition in 2013 and most recently the procure tread line, now housed in the old Jung Warehouse building.”

Harmse started with the company as an electrical engineer in South Africa, and later moved to head of engineering in Port Elizabeth.  He was named the project manager for the Greenfield in Romania in 2003, and returned to South Africa as the production manager in 2006.  He took over as the plant manager in Port Elizabeth in 2007, and came to Mt. Vernon, as the plant manager in 2009.

The Mt. Vernon facility was constructed in 1973 as General Tire and the first tire came off the assembly line and was cured in February 1974.  The company was acquired by Continental AG in 1987.  Now more than 100 acres under one roof, CTA has invested more than $800 million into the Mt. Vernon facility since 2006, and created more than 1,200 new full-time jobs.  Now boasting more than 3,300 employees from a 65-mile radius from more than 150 zip codes, it produces more than 11 million passenger and light truck tires per year and more than 3 million commercial vehicle tires annually.

Benny Harmse, the plant manager of the Mt. Vernon facility of Continental Tirethe Americas was recognized Nov. 9 by the Jefferson County Development Corporation during its quarterly partners meeting.  From left are JCDC Executive Director Jonathon Hallber, Harmse, and JCDC President Allison Allgaier.

The Shoppers Weekly – Mt. Vernon Area   Wednesday, November 28, 2018