Governor Laura Kelly today announced The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.’s decision to invest $125 million and hire 40 new employees at its Topeka plant as part of modernizing its Kansas facility, which been in operation since 1945. This announcement comes during Governor Kelly’s ‘Prosperity On The Plains’ tour promoting economic development. Goodyear, one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, relies on the Topeka plant and its approximately 1,600 associates to be a primary location for commercial and off-highway vehicle tire production. Improvements to the plant are expected to generate a local economic impact of $480 million over 10 years.