Leading through LEED: Learn about the solar-fueled sustainability milestone at our North American factory

Solar energy. Eco-friendly design. Energy Efficiency.

These are just a few of the reasons our Dayton Factory's administration building has earned LEED v4 Gold certification, another step toward making our North American production complex one of the most sustainable tire facilities in the world. The factory's production building previously earned LEED v4 Silver certification, the first tire production factory in the world to achieve that milestone.

Solar panels and a two-acre greenspace greet workers each day when they enter our Dayton Factory

What makes the admin building so eco-friendly? Here are a few factors:

  • A bank of solar panels anchored in the parking lot provides power to the administration building and generates energy for a portion of the production process

  • The three-megawatt panels can generate approximately 4,000 megawatt-hours of solar energy each year, which would be enough to power more than 500 homes

  • Inspectors highlighted the administration building’s innovation in design, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality as key drivers of the high certification level

  • Design innovations include solar power, low-emitting building materials and a high level of natural lighting throughout the facility

  • A 2.5-acre greenspace flanks the entrance of the administration building, complete with trees, a pond and walking paths

Nokian Tyres has long striven to be a global leader in sustainability. We have been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for four straight years, ranking us among the most sustainable publicly traded companies in the world. We were also the first tire company to have our emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. 

We also serve as thought leaders when it comes to helping drivers make sustainable choices, and we're partnering with One Tree Planted to plant 50,000 trees in sensitive areas this year. We're gratified our administration building achieved this important milestone, and we remain committed to leading a journey to a safer world in the years ahead.

Scroll below to see more pictures of our sustainable North American production facility, where we're busy adding nearly 150 jobs in the first half of 2021.

Here's an overhead look at the Dayton Factory, with a great angle of the solar panels and greenspace in front of the facility
Here's a closer look at the 2.5-acre greenspace, through which employees walk on their way to work each day
Our three-megawatt solar panels can generate approximately 4,000 megawatt-hours of solar energy each year, which would be enough to power more than 500 homes
The solar panels also fuel vehicle charging stations in the factory's parking lot, where drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles get dedicated parking spots