MOGADORE, Ohio — A BFGoodrich tire factory in Tuscaloosa, Ala., will reap the benefits of Michelin North America Inc.´s plans to transfer tire production from its facility in Mogadore.
The Mogadore plant employs about 70 hourly and salaried workers, and produces short runs of specialty tires, such as rock crawling and competition tires. The production shift will begin in July and be completed by the end of October, when the Mogadore facility will end production operations.
All affected employees will be eligible for a severance package, including outplacement assistance, the company said.
Michelin said it is consolidating production at Tuscaloosa to leverage the existing supply relationship and synergies with the Mogadore plant. The Tuscaloosa facility employs approximately 1,275 people and produces BFGoodrich-brand passenger car and light truck tires.
This decision to close the Mogadore facility supports Michelin´s emphasis on reducing production costs while continuing to provide its customers with quality products, said Jean-Michel Guillon, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Small Tires. "The consolidation to the Tuscaloosa plant will take advantage of the economies of scale for the long term," he said.