Union blames cheap imports for Cooper tire plant closure

Melksham, UK — Trade union Unite has blamed ‘cheap Chinese tire imports’ for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s decision to end most of the tire production at its Melksham plant.

Cooper Tire confirmed 18 Jan that it will phase out passenger car and light vehicle tire production, with the loss of 312 jobs.

The announcement came four months after the US tire maker notified workers about proposed closures at the former Avon Tyres plant.

“We are blaming the continued dumping of cheap inferior tires from countries, such as China,…

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