Michelin colleagues celebrate 133 years combined service


Three Michelin colleagues based at the Raceview Road plant in Ballymena, are celebrating a total of 133 years’ service at the company.



Friends and colleagues of former employees Gordon Lennox and Dan Alexander, who have both worked at Michelin for 45 years, attended a commemorative presentation ceremony to mark their respective milestones. They were also joined by colleague Chris Matthews, who has 43 years’ service.

Having joined the Ballymena plant when it first opened its doors in 1969, Gordon and Dan are the last two employees to have been at the site since it opened 45 years ago. Both men started their careers with Michelin on a four-year apprenticeship at the truck and bus tyre factory. Chris joined in 1971 and has worked at the business ever since in a variety of technical and management roles.

During their time with the company, the three colleagues have seen the business undergo significant investment and expansion which has taken it from a plant that produced around 100,000 tyres per year when it first opened, to now over 1 million tyres per year in 2014.

Kathy Simpson, personnel manager at Michelin in Ballymena, said: “This event is a lovely way of recognising the hard work and dedication of staff that have stayed with the company for decades. We pride ourselves on being a business which looks after its employees, and this is reflected in the large number of long-serving colleagues we have here.”