Continental Tires
 
The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Marco Will and Tobias Hacker from Continental Tires.
 
The invocation was given by Allan Cole, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jewell Hillery and the Four Way test was led by Janet Scott.
 
Seated at the head table included Michael Neely, President of WAPT, Penney Ainsworth, President, Boys and Girls Club of Central MS, Roger Venable, Venable Glass and President Elect, LeRoy Walker, who introduced our speakers.
 
Tara Clark welcomed visiting Rotarians and guests.
 
Tosha Taylor, Chairperson for Back Pack Buddies committee, presented a check in the amount of $5000 to MS Food Network, specifically the Back Pack Buddies program.  The Back pack program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekend and school vacations.  The RCJ will be sponsoring back packs for 50 children in JPS for the remainder of the school year.
 
Tom Johnson updated the RJC on the Dictionary Project.  The RCJ has given away more than 171K dictionaries and the support of the program from club members is huge.  We are making an impact on children, one at a time.
 
The slate of nominees for upcoming officers and directors were presented and approved by the members at large.  The newly elected officers are:
  • Leroy Walker-President
  •  Phillip Carpenter-President Elect
  •  Paul Bowers-President Elect Nominee
  •  Jim Goode-Director
  •  Jewell Hillery-Director
  •  Erica Reed-Director
  •  Jim Warren-Director
  •  Tony Webb-Director
  •  Richard Wilbourn-Director
 
We wish all new officers’ great success in the coming years.
 
William “Bill” Robertson III was acknowledged as our newest Paul Harris Fellow.  The RJC is grateful for his continued support to the efforts and work of Rotary International and the Paul Harris Foundation.
 
LeRoy Walker introduced our speakers, Marco Will, Human Resources Manager and Tobias Hacker, Head of Operations from Continental Tires.
 
Continental, the leading technology company and premier tire manufacturer, recently opened the company’s new E,ployee Training Center in Clinton, MS.  Both Marco and Tobias alternated status updates of the Continental Training Center and Plant, as well as, the projected outcome of their newest plant.
 
At Continental, all employees share four fundamental corporate values. They form the roots of our corporate culture: Trust, Passion To Win, Freedom To Act and For One Another. We are convinced that only in an environment shaped by those values can essential and pioneering services, solutions and input be created.
 
Continental encourages all employees. To do so, we maintain a culture of trust and provide the freedom to develop personal responsibility. At Continental, the working climate is characterized by mutual respect. Every individual contribution counts. We share these through our global network and work together to refine them.
 
The Training Center is the first completes structure in the Continental’s long-term growth strategy in MS.  The Training Center will support recruitment and retention for Continental’s commercial vehicle tire plant.  Additionally, the Training Center will be used for the company’s team as well as for special events for Continental’s customers.  By the time the tire plant officially starts production in 2020, around 400 employees will be hired.  Approximately 2500 jobs will be created by 2028.