End Of The Road For Goodyear Manufacturing Plant In Texas

Closure in Tyler, Texas, will result in loss of more than 1,000 jobs.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber said Monday it will close its tire manufacturing facility in Tyler, Texas, as part of its previously announced strategy to exit certain segments of the private label tire business.

The closing is expected to eliminate about 1,100 positions, Goodyear said.

At the time of its June private label announcement, Goodyear said that the decision would require a corresponding reduction in North American Tire's manufacturing capacity and that plant performance, capabilities, cost savings opportunity and the focus on serving NAT customers would dictate capacity reduction.

"We must take the steps necessary to reduce our costs and improve our competitive position," said Jon Rich, president, North American Tire. "While this is an extremely difficult decision for everyone involved, it was required to help turn around our North American business."

Rich said the timing of the action would be coordinated to minimize the impact on Goodyear's customers.

Goodyear previously announced to investors an aggressive strategy to reduce costs by more than $1 billion by 2008, including reduction in high-cost tire manufacturing capacity. The Tyler plant principally produces small diameter passenger tires, a segment that has been under considerable pressure from low cost imports.

Opened in 1962, the plant has produced about 25,000 passenger and light truck tires per day.

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