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Milacron Exits Bankruptcy

August 24, 2009 8:40 am | News | Comments

Plastics processing company says it is now a privately-held business with a ‘significantly stronger’ balance sheet with less debt and more operating capital.

Study Finds Plastic Decomposes At Sea

August 20, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

New study indicates plastic does decompose in the ocean, but the plastics release potentially toxic chemicals which can disrupt the functioning of hormones in animals.

Canadian Plastics Industry Wants Government Help

August 19, 2009 5:50 am | by Brenda Bouw, Candian Press Writer | News | Comments

Canadian Plastics Industry Association wants Ottawa and some provincial governments to help the industry boost investments and save jobs.


Goodyear Closing Company Museum

August 19, 2009 5:46 am | News | Comments

World of Rubber, the 61-year-old Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. museum across from the company's Ohio headquarters, will close due to declining attendance.

Chinese Envoy Heads To U.S. Amid Tire Fight

August 17, 2009 4:53 am | News | Comments

China's deputy commerce minister flew to Washington on Monday to lobby against a proposal to impose punitive duties of up to 55 percent on imports of Chinese tires.

Cooper Tire Expanding Mississippi Plant

July 29, 2009 9:15 am | News | Comments

Tire and rubber company will add 32,000 square feet to its Tupelo plant and potentially more jobs by March.

Tenn. Tire Plant To Bring 440 Jobs

July 21, 2009 10:29 am | News | Comments

New Carlisle Tire and Wheel tire and inner tube factory to be built in Jackson expected to create about 440 new jobs, Tennessee economic development officials said.

Goodyear To Close Philippines Plant

July 17, 2009 6:10 am | News | Comments

Company said Friday it would close a tire plant in the Philippines as part of its strategy to reduce production capacity amid weaker global demand.


Goodyear, Steelworkers Extend Contract

July 14, 2009 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Three-year contract covering 10,300 steelworkers at seven Goodyear plants was scheduled to expire Saturday, but has been extended until Aug. 15.

Goodyear Workers Take Buyout

July 2, 2009 5:15 am | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Union City, Tenn., is giving out buyout checks through Friday to 550 employees.

Trade Board Rules Against Chinese Tire Makers

June 18, 2009 1:43 pm | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Chinese tire manufacturers unfairly dumping their products on U.S. market, hurting domestic tire makers and fueling unemployment.

Michelin Cutting Over 1,000 Jobs

June 17, 2009 7:52 am | by Jean-Marie Godard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Faced with plummeting demand, French tiremaker plans to cut 1,093 jobs over a three year period, starting in 2010, through voluntary departures.

Cooper Tire To Release Documents For Lawsuit

June 12, 2009 10:25 am | News | Comments

Federal appeals court has ordered Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. to release hundreds of documents on the design and construction of its tires.


Nova Chemicals Gets Takeover Approval

June 12, 2009 5:44 am | News | Comments

Canada's largest plastics producer said Friday it received more regulatory approvals for its takeover by Abu Dhabi investment firm International Petroleum Investment Co.

Retailers Fight Quotas On Chinese Tires

June 11, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Tire retailers say U.S. manufacturers are not making the less-expensive tires that are popular with today's cash-strapped motorists.

Goodyear, Steelworkers Open Contract Talks

June 8, 2009 7:41 am | News | Comments

United Steelworkers of America and Goodyear begin national contract talks with the recession as a backdrop and job security a key priority.

Lawmaker Wants Limits On Chinese Tire Imports

June 3, 2009 5:45 am | News | Comments

An Oklahoma congressman believes jobs in his district will continue to be threatened unless existing trade rules are used to stem Chinese tire imports into the United States.

Goodyear Trims Tire Production In France

May 26, 2009 10:37 am | News | Comments

Company will cease consumer tire production at its plant in Amiens, France, and dismiss 820 of the facility's 1,200 workers, saying it is too costly to operate.

Goodyear Plant In Tennessee Cuts Work Schedule

May 6, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

Tire and rubber company’s plant in Union City, Tenn., plans to cut back the seven-day continuous operating schedule to an eight-hour, five-day work week beginning July 6.

BFGoodrich Closing Alabama Plant

April 14, 2009 5:00 am | News | Comments

Michelin North America said it will permanently shut down its BFGoodrich Tire plant Oct. 31 in east Alabama because of declining demand, a move that will cost about 1,000 jobs.

Goodyear CEO Says More Cost Cutting Possible

April 7, 2009 9:26 am | News | Comments

Top executive of the biggest U.S. tire company said it will consider more cost cutting this year if measures already taken aren't enough in a down economy.

Aquafina Bottles To Use Less Plastic

March 25, 2009 6:35 am | by Vinnee Tong, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo said it will save 75 million pounds of plastic a year with its Eco-Fina bottle that uses 20 percent less plastic as part of a wider effort to be more eco-friendly.

French Workers Fight Tire Plant Closure

March 16, 2009 10:55 am | News | Comments

Group of about 1,000 protesters rallied in the city of Reims in northeastern France to try to avert the shutdown of a Continental tire factory in nearby Clairoix.

Goodyear Workers Agree To Contract Modifications

March 6, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

Union employees of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant in Topeka have approved a contract that will allow the company to cut between 200 and 225 jobs.

Six Baby Bottle Makers To Stop Using BPA

March 5, 2009 9:55 am | News | Comments

Connecticut's attorney general says six companies have agreed to stop manufacturing baby bottles that contain Bisphenol-A, a chemical some studies suggest may be harmful to infants.

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