ERJ staff report (LMH)
Akron, Ohio -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. officially broke ground on its new global headquarters complex in Ohio on 18 April, the company said in a statement.
Goodyear ceo Richard Kramer was joined by a number of federal, state and local officials at the ceremony, including Ohio Governor John Kasich and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.
Speaking at the event, Kramer said, â€œThis was truly a remarkable team effort and a good example of the public and private sectors working together for the common good.â€
He added, â€œGoodyear is proud to be a global company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Both Goodyear and the city have changed and grown over the years, but our commitment to Akron remains constant. Goodyear will continue to be a vital part of this community's future.â€
The groundbreaking took place on the site of the new facility, just south of the company's Innovation Center.
The project, which was announced several years ago but delayed by the credit crisis, is due for completion in early 2013. At that time, Goodyear will relocate about 2000 associates into the building, which will serve as headquarters for the company's global operations and North American tyre business team.
The new building will connect with Goodyear's existing Innovation Center and serve as a central campus for the company in Akron. The Innovation Center is currently home to more than 800 associates.
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Press release from Goodyear