WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) -- Former University of Alabama Chancellor and Mississippi State University President Malcolm Portera begins work this month to ensure that locals get jobs at a tire plant being built in West Point.
The Commercial Dispatch says Portera's new role will be to make sure that jobs at the Yokohama Tire Corporation are filled predominantly by people living in the area.
He will work for Golden Triangle Development Link.
Yokohama is expected to begin operations in Mississippi in 2015. A memorandum of understanding between Mississippi and Yokohama requires the state to pay a penalty if Yokohama has to go outside the state to find qualified workers.
Link CEO Joe Max Higgins says Portera will work with programs at MSU and East Mississippi Community College to ensure there are qualified workers.