AKRON (Oct. 6, 2008) — Goodyear said its synthetic rubber plants returned to operation quickly after Hurricane Ike last month, and the firm has no concerns about raw material supplies for its tire production.
The company said its plants in Beaumont and Houston, Texas, had been closed in advance of Hurricane Ike making landfall on Sept. 13.
The company said the short production interruption and minimal business impact resulted from its comprehensive "business continuity" process, which was enacted in advance of the hurricane's landfall. In addition, contingencies were put in place to obtain critical raw materials for the company's tire manufacturing facilities.
As part of the "business continuity" efforts, the company pulled forward a limited amount of previously announced reductions in North American tire production to ease the pressure on its raw material supply chain, but continued to produce tires that were in demand by consumers. No tire plants were damaged by the hurricane.