Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has named Jim Pritchett plant manager of its tire manufacturing facility in Tupelo.
He replaces Robert Haggerty, who left the company in May after a more than three-year tenure as plant manager.
The company, which has been building tires in Tupelo since 1984, said Pritchett is responsible for directing all plant operations “with a focus on manufacturing excellence including safety, product quality, manufacturing, equipment reliability, efficiency, sustainability, process improvement and standardization.”
The plant has about 1,600 full- time workers.
Cooper says Pritchett has nearly three decades of experience in manufacturing, serving in positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career. He spent the past six years with AdvanSix, a resin and chemicals business that was formerly a unit of Honeywell. At AdvanSix, Pritchett’s most recent role was director and plant manager of two production facilities located in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Previously, he was plant manager and operations manager of the company’s Metropolis, Ill., nuclear fuel plant. Before joining AdvanSix, he was a plant manager for three facilities, and later a director of North American operations, for Jiffy International.
Pritchett also spent 17 years with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., where he held a number of technology engineering positions. He was later named a product quality manager for original equipment and RLT tires, a role where he led a large team that worked directly with several major automakers.
Pritchett has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.