U.S. Sen. Markwayne Mullin took some time recently to meet with community leaders in Ardmore to discuss the impact of Michelin’s announced plans to close the tire manufacturing plant by the end of 2025.
He spoke with Ardmore Chamber of Commerce President Bill Murphy, Ardmore Mayor Sheryl Ellis, Ardmore City Manager Kevin Boatright, and others to hear their concerns following the plant closure announcement and discuss future economic development in Ardmore.
“Neighbors help neighbors – it’s the Oklahoma Standard,” said Sen. Mullin. “We’ve been in touch with Ardmore leadership every step of the way, and my team and I will remain at the table to aid economic impact and recovery.”
Mullin said it’s important to meet with community members and chart the best path forward for the plant’s 1,400 workers. He indicated he was encouraged by the spirit of Ardmore’s leadership and business community.
“When you go through a hard time, you want to know someone has your back,” Sen. Mullin concluded. “We will stand together to uplift the Ardmore community, drive new and existing business, and work towards a stronger, more resilient economic future for Oklahoma.”
Due to the scope of the Michelin Ardmore Manufacturing facility closure, workers may be eligible for grant assistance through the U.S. Department of Labor to help qualifying Oklahomans find job openings, access training, and other career services.
The Senator said impacted workers should contact his office if they have any questions.
Source: press release