Cooper Tire Adding 200 Jobs In Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) -- The Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Texarkana is hiring 200 new workers.

The factory was in danger of closing in late 2008, but incentives from Arkansas and Texas helped keep the plant open.

Now, Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper Tire's Texarkana facility has about 1,500 employees and makes 450 different types of tires for passenger cars and light trucks. The plant picked up about 75 tire models when Cooper closed its Albany, Ga., plant.

The company says it is looking for applicants with at least two years experience in production work.

The factory has a payroll of about $75 million per year.

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