Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia, LLC (YTMV)

Business activities

Production of tires for passenger cars and light trucks

Total site area


Number of employees

642 (as of January 1, 2023)


1500 Indiana Street, Salem, VA 24153

Contact for consultation and complaints

Tel: +1-800-433-9851 (Toll free number, available only in the United States)
Director, EHS. Neil Dalton

Message from the President

Osamu Zushi

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia (YTMV) continues to focus and establish strong CSR values throughout the organization. YTMV has a long history of positive contributions to the surrounding communities and is regarded as one of the top employers in local area.

Our fundamental CSR value is built upon sustainable operations, employee involvement, and environmental stewardship. Policies and procedures developed in compliance with the ISO 14001:2015 standard provides a foundation and overall guideline for regulatory compliance and continual improvement.

YTMV is also committed to energy conservation and to the reduction of carbon emissions in conjunction with the YRC carbon reduction initiatives for 2030 and 2050.

As we progress into the future, YTMV will continue to produce a quality product while providing a safe work environment for employees, minimal impact to the environment, and preservation of natural resources.

Organizational Governance

Policies for fiscal 2022

For fiscal 2022, the slogan of our action plan is “Don’t Limit your Challenges, challenge your limits – Analyze thoroughly before making plan – Take Action with Speed”.
We shall continue to place an emphasis on communication and teamwork, and conduct initiatives that are aimed at achieving targets as has been the case up until now.
In 2023, we shall focus on strengthening a range of company activities, and place importance on working to minimize any impact on the environment thus both contribute to the protection of the global environment and to promote human happiness.

Human Rights

Computer based learning lessons

All employees receive education and training on the Yokohama Rubber Action Guidelines that stipulate the protection of human rights in order to prevent unethical behavior and harassment.
Computer Based Learning Lessons (CB2L’s) are used to this end.
Lessons are composed of multiple slides that consist of mini quizzes that explain the policy, and a test on the level of understanding is conducted at the end of each session.
All employees are required to pass tests with a score of 80 or higher.
YTMV maintains an “open door” policy with respect to all employees.
Internal complaint handling procedures have been established and made as easy to use as possible; where employees feel that they have been treated unfairly in the workplace, we provide opportunities for them to raise their concerns and have them resolved.
In addition, we have reached agreement with our union regarding employment contracts that are free from discrimination with respect to the issues of race, religion, skin color, gender, age, and nationality, as stipulated in both state and federal law.

Labor Practices

Equal employment opportunity

YTMV is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for people who are interested in working for the company. We implement an equal employment opportunity (EEO) policy with respect to all terms and conditions of employment.
In 2022, the Human Resources Department organized training by interview for all managers and employees regarding employment in accordance with the requirements of employment legislation.
The training addressed issues including the areas to which equal opportunity legislation applies (including race, gender, religious beliefs, age, etc.), as well as physical and mental disability, and the utilization of company provided accommodation, etc. The training was successful in strengthening employees’ understanding of such issues.
We will listen to employees’ views regarding ideas for improving employment interviews, to strengthen the relationship between the company and its employees.

Safety and health

Our Safety Management Department has clarified that protecting the health and safety of employees is its top priority again for fiscal 2022, and it conducts its activities based on that priority. That is reflected in active initiatives that include weekly risk assessments, meetings with department administrators, and many audit programs.

In addition to the types of education and training mentioned, concerning both YTMV’s business units and all the various processes in which they engage, we are always promoting improvements with respect to our equipment and facilities, all of which have been equipped with protective and safety devices. Concerning the personal protective equipment that is issued to all employees, it is always kept in a ready state so that it can be used immediately. Additionally, both its wearing and usage is actively promoted and managed. Whereby accidents occur, thorough investigations are conducted, and various forms of response are suggested and then executed, with subsequent follow-ups also undertaken.
More than anything else, it is important to us that our employees are able to return home safely after completing their work.

Emergency response

Emergency response vehicles are available 24 hours a day in order to respond to various medical emergencies that may occur in the workplace. The company has also organized a highly-skilled emergency rescue team with 24 team members, who have received training in order to be able to respond to a variety of situations including rescues from narrow spaces and heights. We conduct regular drills for responding to fires and emergencies as part of raising awareness among all employees.

Rescue Squad

Fire drills

The Environment

Recycling of waste

YTMV has established methods of recycling throughout the facility to capture paper, aluminum cans, bottles and cardboard in common areas.
In 2022, YTMV was able to expand recycling of materials such as discarded super sacks and label backing. In 2023, YTMV will continue to focus on maintaining secondary outlets for recyclable materials due growing volatility in the recycling market. Having reliable outlets helps YTMV maintain zero waste to landfill.

YOKOHAMA Forever Forest Activities

In 2017, YTMV concluded its onsite Forever Forest activities (those taking place within the grounds of the company). In 2022, in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation, YTMV donated 1000 longleaf and shortleaf pine trees in Georgia. These trees will be planted across a mix of public and private lands. They will provide a home for endangered wildlife species.

Environmental data

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Category FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Waste generated (t) 1,509 1,616 1,369 1,454 1,286
Proportion sent to landfill (%) 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Landfill waste (t) 16.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Energy use
(oil equivalent: kl)
Electric power 16,776 16,549 13,969 16,133 15,434
Fuel 9,109 8,553 6,884 8,208 8,089
Total 25,885 25,102 20,853 24,341 23,523
Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000t-CO2) 49.5 48.0 39.9 58.5 38.8
Water usage (1,000m3) 140.5 137.4 116.7 137.6 134.4

Wastewater management

Sampling equipment purchased for voluntary sampling

YTMV thoroughly enforces wastewater management, and continues to comply with wastewater regulatory standards year after year. YTMV monitors wastewater flow daily and conducts regular inspections at wastewater source locations to adequately maintain compliance with the standards. Voluntary sampling is also conducted on a monthly basis.

Biodiversity conservation activities

With the aim of improving our biodiversity activities and making a positive contribution toward the ecosystems and the environment in the vicinity of the plant, our company launched two biodiversity protection projects in 2015. However, the two projects were suspended in FY2020. Although the Bluebird Conservation Activity was suspended, YTMV still maintains the habitat for multiple bird species.

Bluebird conservation activities

The Virginia Bluebird Society was established in 1996. Its purpose is to provide habitat for bluebirds to raise their young and to limit the decline of the species.
Although monitoring of the bluebird habitat at YTMV was limited in FY2022, the birdhouses continue to provide habitat for multiple species of birds each year.

Observing birdhouses

Observing birdhouses

River water quality monitoring program

River quality monitoring program no longer available to YTMV.

  • We monitor water quality along the Roanoke River, which flows downstream from our company, and collect data every 2-4 times a year.
    This activity is in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia and provides information on the ecological health of local streams and rivers, thereby contributing to their restoration.

Environmental measures

Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP)

The Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) is a program launched by the Commonwealth of Virginia (the Virginia state government) to encourage facilities located within Virginia to make environmental improvements that go beyond the minimum statutory requirements. In the fourth quarter of 2017, YTMV’s VEEP status was upgraded to E4 (Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise), the highest level that a business enterprise can attain under VEEP. The benefits of having E4 status include an enhanced profile within the local community, reduced handling charges for special permits, and regulatory incentives, etc.

Fair Operating Practices

Chemical substance management

All materials used within the plant are in compliance with Yokohama Rubber’s list of prohibited chemical substances and in line with the Green Procurement Guidelines.
Safety data sheets (SDS) are continuously maintained for each material; and updated using the web system (Sphera/Sitehawk).

Consumer Issues

Customer visits

The company has systems fully in place to welcome visits from customers at any time.

Community Involvement and Development

Community interaction and volunteering activities

Due to pandemic, community interaction and volunteer activities were suspended in 2021. This continued into 2022. For 2023 YTMV is re-establishing a community involvement team.

Regional donations

During fiscal 2022 as well, the company and its employees continued to make donations to local charities and organizations.

United Way

(which supports education, households, healthcare and the environment in the Roanoke region)