NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 17)—Faced with ongoing oversupply of passenger, light truck and truck/bus tires, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said it will temporarily lay off 700 employees at its Oklahoma City, Okla. facility and nearly 400 workers at its plant in LaVergne, Tenn., effective Jan. 21. Also, the tire maker will idle the approximately 900 workers at its facility in Warren County, Tenn., when it shuts down that plant the weeks of Jan. 14 and 21. Under terms of Bridgestone/Firestone´s contact with the United Steelworkers of America, workers should get about 80 percent of their normal wages, the company said in a press release. In October, the company announced the indefinite layoff 450 workers at its Decatur, Ill., plant, plus various two-week curtailments at Decatur, LaVergne and Oklahoma City in November and December. In the same press release, Bridgestone/Firestone said its recall of 6.5 million 15-inch Firestone ATX and Wilderness AT tires is now 80-percent complete.
Bridgestone/Firestone to lay off another 2,000
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