TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Nov. 8)—Michelin North America Inc. plans to lay off about 400 production workers at its Uniroyal Goodrich tire plant in Tuscaloosa because of excess inventory and poor economic conditions in the tire industry, union and company sources said Nov. 8. The time frame for the layoffs hasn't been determined, but they will be permanent "until the economy picks up," said Ken Walters, president of USWA Local 351, which represents the hourly work force in Tuscaloosa. The least senior of the 1,657 Local 351 members will be laid off. Additional reductions for salaried and maintenance employees will occur though normal attrition, the company said. The Tuscaloosa plant—the oldest Uniroyal Goodrich facility—produces between 24,000 and 26,000 tires daily, many of them for high-performance and all-terrain vehicles. Uniroyal Goodrich will meet demand from existing inventories and other company plants, the firm said.