Jim Pritchett

Plant Manager

Pritchett is responsible for directing all plant operations with a focus on manufacturing excellence including safety, product quality, manufacturing, equipment reliability, efficiency, sustainability, process improvement and standardization. The Tupelo plant has been producing tires since1984 and has about 1,600 full- time workers.

He has nearly three decades of experience in manufacturing, serving in positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career. He joins Cooper after six years with AdvanSix, a resin and chemicals business that was formerly a unit of Honeywell. At AdvanSix, Pritchett’s most recent role was Director and Plant Manager of two production facilities located in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Prior to AdvanSix, he served as a Plant Manager for three facilities, and later as Director of North American Operations, for Jiffy International, a leading worldwide supplier within the horticultural industry.

Earlier in his career, Pritchett spent 17 years with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, where he held a number of technology engineering positions and was ultimately promoted to Product Quality Manager for original equipment (OE) and RLT tires, a role where he led a large team that worked directly with several major automakers.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Appointed to the MMA Board of Director’s in March 2018. (Term expires September 30, 2020; District 2)