AKRON(May 2, 2011)—Goodyear's Fayetteville, N.C., tire plant is up and operating after it was damaged in a severe storm that swept across parts of the Southeastern U.S. in mid-April.
The passenger and light truck tire facility was hit April 16 at about 4 p.m. as the storm ripped through Fayetteville, causing serious exterior and interior damage to the factory, a company spokeswoman said.
“There was widespread damage to the factory and plant site,” she said, noting that walls were blown down at the northwest corner of the building and at the south end of the plant's mixing department.
In addition, she said, the roof was torn up by the storm which led to water problems in the factory and the office areas of the building.
“Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, which was our primary concern,” the spokeswoman said. Only one worker sustained an injury, and it was minor, she said.
Because of the wreckage at the factory, it was shut down for a brief period to give the company time to determine what repairs were needed and when they could be made.
“Very limited production resumed Sunday evening, April 17,” according to the spokeswoman.
The limited schedule at Fayetteville lasted for two days, and the facility resumed full production April 19, she said.
The plant is currently fully operational, with all shifts in place, while repairs are being made. Cost of the repairs was not disclosed.