Continental Tire the Americas, LLC’s Commercial Vehicle Tire group and Quality Tire Service LTD, an independent tire dealer in Saskatchewan, have announced a partnership with the opening of the first commercial tire retread facility in western Canada.

The new location will operate as a ContiLifeCycle facility, which is the umbrella for Continental Tire’s retreading operations. ContiLifeCycle is a cradle-to-grave solution that begins with a new Continental tire and continues with the ContiTread premium retreading solution, which prolongs the life of the tire as well as significantly lowering the cost of the tire, according to Continental.

The 17,400 square-foot-facility employs 15 people and has the capacity to produce up to 24,000 retreads per year. The plant is outfitted with new equipment and includes the latest technologies for manufacturing retreads exclusively for the province of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and will service more than 200 customers, according to Continental.

The Saskatoon facility is the first of many ContiLifeCycle plants planned for the region, according to Continental.