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China: Tire Dispute Shouldn't Hurt U.S. Ties

September 15, 2009 8:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing tried to allay fears of a trade war with Washington over tire tariffs, saying it will press a WTO case against new U.S. duties but wants to avoid harming relations.

China Wants WTO Talks On U.S. Tire Tariffs

September 14, 2009 10:00 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing accused Washington on Monday of violating World Trade Organization rules by raising tariffs on Chinese tires and demanded talks in the WTO.

Myers Industries Closing 2 Plants

September 14, 2009 5:58 am | News | Comments

Plastics maker will close two manufacturing facilities by end of the year, costing 158 jobs, as part of its efforts to better align capacity and cut operating costs.


Obama To Decide On Chinese Tire Tariffs

September 11, 2009 5:08 am | by Foster Klug, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President to decide soon whether U.S. will impose tariff of up to 55 percent on tires from China, which United Steelworkers blames for losing thousands of American jobs.

Cooper Tire To Begin Expanding Mississippi Plant

September 4, 2009 7:20 am | News | Comments

Construction is expected to begin this month on the $6 million expansion of Cooper Tire and Rubber's plant in Tupelo, Miss.

Anger Unleashed At Eco-Friendly Bottle Maker Over BPA

September 3, 2009 11:15 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sigg Switzerland says bottles made by the company before August 2008 had ‘trace amounts’ of BPA in the epoxy liners, but didn't announce it until last month.

Steelworkers To Vote On Goodyear Contract

August 31, 2009 5:40 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Thousands of workers at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plants in seven states will vote in the coming days on a tentative national contract agreement.

Union Says Goodyear Talks 'Intense'

August 28, 2009 11:10 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Steelworkers union says talks with Goodyear Tire & Rubber are focused on job security, keeping plants open and health-care costs.


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.

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