AKRON (Jan. 30, 2009)—Weak tire demand has prompted Goodyear to curtail commercial and consumer tire production at its North American plants for at least the next several months.
The tire maker's commercial truck tire plants began a series of partial shutdowns in January, and some plants will continue reductions in the next couple of months. The Danville, Va., plant will implement shutdowns the weeks of Feb. 2 and Feb. 23. These will not affect aircraft tire output. Goodyear's Topeka, Kan., plant will shutdown the weeks of Feb. 16 and March 16. These will not affect OTR tire production.
All of Goodyear's consumer tire plants—in Union City, Tenn.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Lawton, Okla.; Napanee, Ontario; and Gadsden, Ala.—are running at reduced ticket levels by limiting overtime hours at the sites, the company said.
A Goodyear spokesperson said the company didn't know at this point how long production would remain at reduced levels.