Continental Tire in Barnesville has announced it will relocate current operations in Porterdale, Ga. to the Aldora plant in Lamar County at the end of 2018. The Porterdale employees will be given the opportunity to transfer to the local plant in Barnesville or, if eligible, retire.

In the interim, the company will spend $9 million dollars to modernize equipment and improve efficiencies and production at eh Aldora facility. The local plant, which now employs just over 200, will add an additional 106 jobs.

The Aldora plant opened in 1888 as a cotton mill. It began producing tire cord in the early 1920s and was purchased by Continental in 1986. The plant produces tire cord fabric used in Continental and General brand passenger and light truck tires.