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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

International Petroleum Buying Nova Chemicals

February 23, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

Canada's largest plastics producer said Monday that it has agreed to be acquired by International Petroleum Investment Co. for $6 per share, or about $499.2 million.

Bridgestone's Annual Profit Plummets

February 19, 2009 4:15 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tire maker reported a 92 percent drop in annual profit as global demand for tires dropped sharply, and forecast even more dismal earnings for the coming year.

Goodyear Slashing Nearly 5,000 Jobs

February 18, 2009 6:30 am | by M.R. Kropko, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. tire maker said Wednesday it plans to cut almost 7 percent of its work force this year after swinging to a fourth-quarter loss as sales sank 21 percent.

Goodyear Gets $1M To Keep Jobs In N.C. City

February 10, 2009 8:12 am | News | Comments

Fayetteville, N.C., where Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. operates a large plant that employs 3,000 people, has approved a $1 million payment to help retain jobs.

Goodyear Planning To Cut Production

February 4, 2009 4:20 am | News | Comments

Tire and rubber company says it needs to cut costs because of slumping tire sales and plans to reduce the amount of tires available by adjusting tire production at factories.

Miss. Governor To Approve Cooper Tire Package

January 29, 2009 7:45 am | News | Comments

Governor intends to sign a bill that would provide $19 million of incentives to keep a Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. manufacturing plant in northeastern Mississippi.

MeadWestvaco Laying Off 2,000 Workers

January 15, 2009 4:40 am | News | Comments

Maker of paper and plastic products says it will lay off about 10 percent of its work force as it accelerates cost cutting this year.

Cooper Tire To Close Georgia Plant

December 17, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Tire maker says it will close its plant in Albany, Ga., the result of a capacity study of its four plants.

Key Plastics Files Chapter 11

December 16, 2008 8:51 am | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier Key Plastics LLC said Tuesday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and submitted a pre-packaged reorganization plan.

Union Okays Concessions At Cooper Tire Plant

December 15, 2008 4:45 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In effort to keep the plant operating, union members at Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. in Texarkana, Ark., have voted to approve a three-year contract laden with concessions.

Cooper Tire Reaches Agreement With Ark.Workers

December 12, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

Tire maker said it had reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with unionized workers at its Texarkana plant as it continues plans to close one of its U.S. facilities.

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