Bloomington Illinois -- Union members at the Bridgestone/Firestone (BFS) off-the-road (OTR) tyre plant in Bloomington have ratified a contract extension through 2012, the tyre maker said.
The pact covers 300 employees at the plant, which makes large heavy-duty off-road tyres for construction and mining applications.
With the agreement, workers will receive the same wage and benefit provisions contained in a separate master contract between the United Steelworkers (USW) and BFS covering other plants that expires in July 2009. The members of USW Local 787 agreed to a no-strike clause during the entire term of the extension, BFS said.
â€œThis is a very good extension for both sides,â€ said Ralph Burchfield, president of Bridgestone Firestone Off Road Products Group. â€œOur teammates have worked very hard to help us meet the rising global demand for off-road tyres. This gives our teammates, our customers and our communities a sense of stability that this plant will continue to produce tyres with no interruption through 2012.â€
BFS said it will continue to â€œevaluate its global sourcing needs,â€ though the contract extension paves the way for new investment in Bloomington.
From Tire Business (A Crain publication)