LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan.16)—Goodyear Engineered Products said it will phase out hose production during the next two years at its Lincoln site to become more competitive in automotive low-pressure hose markets. The move could impact more than 480 jobs at the facility, but Goodyear said automotive and industrial power transmission belt production will not be affected. "Making this decision reinforces our commitment to be a global leader in the supply of coolant hose and other vehicle parts," said Tim Toppen, Goodyear Engineered Products president. "It will strengthen one of our core businesses so we can compete globally with companies using lower-cost manufacturing to grow their market share." During the last two years, 150 employees have been laid off, with some positions being moved to Goodyear's Chiahuaha, Mexico, facility. Automotive low-pressure hoses primarily are used for car coolant systems, and Goodyear said it is studying undisclosed, alternative production options.