AKRON (Nov. 1, 2007) — Goodyear said it officially will end tire production at its Tyler, Texas, factory in early January.
The company will maintain the facility as a mixing center, a spokesman said.
The plant was targeted for closure under the contract Goodyear signed with the United Steelworkers last December following an 86-day strike. The contract offered protection for all other unionized tire and rubber facilities in the U.S. during the three-year agreement.
Goodyear agreed to keep the Tyler plant open through 2007 but previously said it would close the facility in the first quarter of 2008.
The Tyler plant, with a daily capacity of 25,000 passenger and light truck tires, was affected by Goodyear´s decision in 2006 to abandon certain segments of the private label business. The production shutdown will eliminate about 1,100 jobs and save the company about $50 million a year after taxes, according to Goodyear.