Goodyear Trims Tire Production In France

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plans to end consumer tire production at a plant in Amiens, France, as part of its strategy to reduce high-cost manufacturing.

The decision announced Tuesday means Goodyear is cutting 820 of 1,200 jobs at the plant by the third quarter of 2010. The company currently employs approximately 3,500 people in France.

Goodyear says it will continue to produce farm tires at the plant, while exploring the sale of some of its farm tire production plants globally.

Goodyear, the largest U.S. tire maker, is based in Akron.

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