Michelin Tire opened its plant in Bridgewater. Construction on this plant, and one at Granton in Pictou County, had begun in 1970. A third plant in Waterville, King’s County, would be announced in 1979. The initial investment was valued at over $100 million, with Michelin providing $35 million, and Nova Scotia Industrial Estates providing $50 million, plus various provincial and federal government grants. The federal government also waived duties for three years related to tire lines not made in Canada. Nearly 3,600 workers were employed at the first two plants. Michelin is now the single largest employer in Nova Scotia. (Also see ‘Robert (Bob) Manuge…’, Nov. 21, 2014. And ‘Premier John Buchanan…’, Dec. 28, 1979.)