QUINCY, Ill. (July 27)—The United Steelworkers' leadership has granted Titan Tire Corp. approval to start negotiations toward a new contract with USW Local 745 at Goodyear's Freeport, Ill., farm tire plant according to Titan.
A new contract is a prerequisite for Titan's pending purchase of Goodyear's North American farm tire business.
Titan and Goodyear announced the $100 million deal in February. Recently they extended the original June 30 deadline to Sept. 1 because of the stalled talks at Freeport.
Titan didn't say whether talks are scheduled.