Bridgestone Americas Inc. decides to phase out car and light truck tire production at its LaVergne, Tenn., plant, eliminating 543 jobs.
Eaton Corp. declares it will eliminate 5,200 jobs in 2009 because of the slump in demand caused by the world economic downturn.
Fenner P.L.C. restructures, cutting approximately 290 jobs globally, about half at North American plants.
Gates Corp. closes two distribution centers, impacting 42 employees.
Titan International Inc. lays off 83 workers at its Freeport, Ill., farm tire plant.
The last remaining U.S. tennis and racquetball plant, operated by sports equipment maker Head N.V., is closed, impacting 125 employees.
Michelin announces plans to cut production at U.S. and Canadian tire plants because of deteriorating market conditions.
Kumho Tire USA Inc. pushes back plans to build its first U.S. tire plant by a year, then later decides to postpone the $225 million project in Macon, Ga., until 2012.
In reaction to the economic downturn, Goodyear closes a rubber mixing plant in Radford, Va., and cuts tire production at sites throughout the world. Later the firm unveils plans to reduce its costs by about $700 million in 2009, which include cutting 5,000 jobs, following 4,000 job losses a year earlier; salary and merit raise freezes; and a significant reduction in production capacity.
The Franklin, N.H., rubber transmission parts plant of Freudenberg-NOK G.P. gets a closing notice, with production moved to a facility in nearby Bristol. Later, the firm discloses it will ax its Spencer, Iowa, seal and rings factory in the spring of 2010 and its Germantown, Wis., rubber diaphragm plant by April 2010.
Johnson Brothers Rubber Co. reduces work schedules to avoid cutting staff at its West Salem, Ohio, factory.
Rubber and metal parts maker Lexington Precision Corp. closes its Vienna, Ohio, factory, eliminating 150 jobs.
Trelleborg A.B. closes its industrial tire plant in Hartville, Ohio, moving production to Sri Lanka and costing 90 workers their jobs.
Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. reorganizes and decides to cut 650 jobs, then enters Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Michelin North America Inc. plans to close its BFGoodrich plant in Opelika, Ala., affecting 1,000 employees.
Chardon Rubber Co. files for bankruptcy court protection, selling various assets to Wabtec Corp. Chardon also is in talks to sell its rubber custom mixing operation and its plastics product business.
Mechanical rubber goods maker Datwyler Rubber and Plastics Inc. closes its plant in Marion, S.C., and moves production to a newer facility in Mexico, costing 50 employees their jobs.
Goodyear entices 700 employees at its Union City, Tenn., and Akron operations to take a buyout.
Trelleborg A.B.'s Trelleborg Sealing Solutions unit announces the closing of its plant in Somersworth, N.H., resulting in the loss of 91 jobs.
Mantaline Corp. plans to close its Aurora, Ohio, plant and consolidate the operation into its Mantua, Ohio, headquarters facility.
Rubber goods maker Neff-Perkins Co. closes its Perry, Ohio, factory, and lays off 15 staff members.
Carlisle Tire & Wheel Inc. decides to shut down its Carlisle, Pa., tire plant and open a facility in Jackson, Tenn.
Goodyear axes a tire plant in the Philippines, laying off 500 workers.
Gates Corp. decides to close its Boone, Iowa, hydraulic hose coupled assembly plant, cutting 110 jobs.
Ames Rubber Corp. lays off 25 employees at its Hamburg, N.J., operation.
The elimination of 72 jobs at the Swan Hose Bucyrus, Ohio, plant of Tekni-Plex Inc. is disclosed.
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. will cut about 100 jobs through restructuring some of the operations of its Pharmaceutical Systems and Tech Group reporting segments.
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