Rubber & Plastics News
Akron, Ohio - Goodyear has set a week-long shutdown of production at three tyre plants this month as a reaction to poor economic conditions and low market demand.
The company's Gadsden, Alabama, factory's production will halt at 1 pm 25 Oct to adjust inventories, and will resume production at 1 am 2 Nov. Employees were told 13 Oct about the shutdown.
Amy Brei, manager, manufacturing communications for Goodyear's North American Tire unit, said the Akron-based tyre maker will adjust work schedules at several consumer tyre plants to align production with reduced customer demand.
The Union City, Tennessee, Gadsden, Alabama, and Fayetteville, North Carolina plants will temporarily cease production for one week the last week of October. The Lawton, Oklahoma, plant will not run production for four consecutive Sundays beginning 26 Oct, Brei said.
Goodyear's commercial tyre plants in Topeka, Kansas, and Danville, Virginia, had partial shutdowns this week, according to Brei.
In August the company temporarily idled four North American plants-Gadsden, Fayetteville, Union City and Napanee, Ontario-to reduce production to meet demand levels.
At that time a spokeswoman said the tire maker planned to reduce consumer tire production this year by 8 million units versus 2007 output.
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Original article from Rubber & Plastics News (A Crain Publication)