Continental, the leading technology company and premier tire manufacturer, announced the appointment of Ryal Siem as Plant Manager of Continental’s plant in Clinton, Mississippi. Siem takes over the reins from Michael Egner who will move on to a new role at Continental’s Headquarters in Hanover, Germany.
“This was my first experience working in Mississippi, and this team made it special,” said Egner. “This Plant has all it takes to grow and continue its success story under the leadership of Ryal Siem. After putting so much energy into this project, I am happy to know that it will be in good hands.”
Siem, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, is bringing more than 30 years of automotive manufacturing expertise. He will lead the growing team, currently more than 500 people, at Mississippi’s first truck tire plant. Previously, Siem was the Plant Manager at Continental’s tire cord fabric production facility in Barneseville, Georgia.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be a part of the Continental team in Clinton,” said Siem. “All the thanks to Michael and our great team in Clinton for their hard work and dedication. Together as “One” our future is bright and I am confident we will achieve great results.”
The Clinton Plant began commercial operations in July 2020. This plant is a key part of the growth strategy for Continental’s tire business and represents a commitment for a long-term investment totaling approximately $1.4 billion and providing 2,500 jobs.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2019, Continental generated sales of €44.5 billion and currently employs more than 233,000 people in 59 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial transport safer, more efficient and more connected. The company’s products and services deliver measurable impact for commercial vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. They benefit from a broad portfolio and from fully integrated systems. The portfolio includes tires, digital tire monitoring, fleet management, telematic solutions, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and tachographs, hoses, air springs, Electronic Control Units (ECU), displays, drivetrain and exhaust aftertreatment systems, sensors, advanced driving assistance systems, as well as eHorizon maps and events and cloud-based services. In 2017, the share of Continental’s global sales for commercial vehicle products and systems was around €4.7 billion.