EMJ Construction Begins Work on State-of-the-Art Administration Building for Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres has begun construction on a world-class administration building at its new factory in Dayton, Tennessee. Nokian Tyres is partnering with EMJ Construction to construct the facility, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2020.


Nokian Tyres has begun construction on a world-class administration building at its new factory in Dayton, Tennessee, its first production facility in North America.

Complete with meeting spaces, offices, a gym, garden and other premium amenities, the facility is intended to reinforce the Scandinavian company’s life-driven culture while providing everything its employees need to be successful.

“Our administration building is another example of our desire to be the employer of choice in Southeast Tennessee,” said Dayton Factory Operations Director Peter Chia. “In addition to taking care of our workers’ practical business needs, we want this facility to give them space to thrive.”

Nokian Tyres is partnering with EMJ Construction to construct the facility, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2020. Work on the adjacent production complex is largely complete; trial production began in early July, and commercial tire production remains on schedule for early next year.

The administration building’s interactive, open-concept office space will accommodate as many as 100 employees. The two-story, 26,500-square-foot facility will also feature:

  • A cafeteria that doubles as a large meeting space
  • Conference rooms • A first-aid room
  • A gym and locker rooms
  • A sauna, to honor the company’s Finnish roots


In line with Nokian Tyres’ passion for the environment, the company is building several green features at the factory. That includes a greenspace area outside the building, which features a garden between the parking lot and the building’s entrance complete with a pond, trees, park benches and a walking path. Patios will dot the exterior of the structure.

“As a Tennessee-based company we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Nokian Tyres,” said Chas Torrence, EVP, EMJ Construction. “Nokian Tyres is a best-in-class brand and manufacturer. We’re proud to partner with the company during its exciting growth and expansion in North America.”

“We are going above and beyond to provide our team members with a premium place to work,” said Nokian Tyres Construction Manager David Korda. “In my years of experience helping oversee industrial construction projects, this is among the most impressive facilities I have encountered.”

The Dayton Factory is a major element of Nokian Tyres’ ambitious growth strategy, through which the company aims to double North American sales by 2023. The facility will allow the company to make premium products tailored to the needs of North American consumers, expand its customer base, and strengthen its relationships with existing customers.

Once capacity reaches four million tires per year, the factory will employ as many as 400 people, from production operators to engineers, managers and specialists in several core business areas.

To learn more about Nokian Tyres’ Dayton Factory or to explore job opportunities there, visit www.NokianTires.com/DaytonFactory. For more information visit : www.nokiantires.com.

EMJ Projects Nominated for Awards

Two EMJ Construction Chattanooga projects have been nominated for the Building Recognition in Chattanooga (BRIC) awards.

Nominated in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) category, is The McCallie School.

Located in Chattanooga, on the side of historic Missionary Ridge the school has undergone significant growth and has recently focused its campus improvements on an area central to the academic and boarding facilities.

The project consists of the redevelopment of campus space between two existing school dormitories, with the academic campus and chapel to the north, and the school’s dining hall to the south. This corridor is a main campus pedestrian thoroughfare and needed to create a stronger connection between buildings, while creating a stronger sense of place for the campus that could be used during and after school hours.

Read the full award submission.

The McCallie School, Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Nominated in the Sustainable Project of the Year category is Ruby Falls.

Ruby Falls boasts the nation’s largest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public, sitting 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain. The reimagined venues at Ruby Falls represent a new chapter for the destination. With over 500,000 guests annually visiting the tallest underground waterfall open to the public in the U.S., the iconic Ruby Falls Cavern Castle was straining to function as a welcome center and tour launch point, in addition to accommodating dining, retail, and administrative offices.

The environmentally sustainable transformation, completed in 2018, involved repurposing the historic 1929 Cavern Castle and the creation of new venues. This project invigorated the Lookout Mountain natural attraction, located in Chattanooga, Tenn., and created recreational, ecological and economic benefits for guests, the community, region, and the state of Tennessee.

Read the full award submission.

Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, Tennessee.


“We take pride in each and every project we complete across the nation,” said Chas Torrence, EVP, EMJ Construction Chattanooga. “But it is especially rewarding to be nominated for these awards in our home town. It is a testament to Chattanooga, our amazing clients and employees.”

You can vote for the McCallie School and Ruby Falls at the BRIC Awards Voting page. 

More Than a Meal: Small Actions, Big Impact

The Principles of Client Experience are the Same, No Matter How You Slice It


Providing our clients an excellent construction experience is at the heart of everything we do. As in every venture and life, challenges and problems sometimes arise that our team must overcome. A true servant leader is someone who understands this and works to overcome challenges by taking responsibility and action, no matter who is at fault.

Recently, an American Airlines flight was rerouted because of weather, stranding its passengers. The pilot empathized with his customers and took action:

Passing out pizzas didn’t solve all the passengers’ problems, but you can bet that giving them a meal made the experience less difficult than it could have been.

We believe taking any action to improve our clients’ experience is meaningful, even if it seems small compared to the problem. In the construction industry, it can be as simple as taking time to talk with a client or trade partner, or assisting an employee with career goals.

By doing the little things, day by day, our employees strive to make the construction experience better and to provide value to our clients. We know by alleviating just one frustration, we are fulfilling our purpose to be people serving people.

We commend the pilot for his exceptional service. Read more about him on CNN.com.


Deron Smith leads the marketing and communications team in internal and external marketing and communication strategy. He has 20 years of experience as a consultant and in-house communications and marketing professional. Before joining EMJ in 2015, Deron served as the National Director of Communications for the Boy Scouts of America and held positions with notable public relations firms Edelman, Publicis Dialog and The Gooden Group.