GADSDEN, Ala.—Goodyear has confirmed it intends to lay off an undisclosed number of employees at its car and light truck tire manufacturing facility in Gadsden.
A company spokeswoman confirmed in an email that the firm intends to reduce its work force at the plant sometime in the second quarter of 2019. The firm said it doesn't know how many or what positions will be impacted, but it will "keep associates informed and share accurate information as soon as we can."
The facility, represented by United Steelworkers Local 12, employs about 1,600 people, according to data from Rubber & Plastics News' 2018 Global Tire Report.
"The company continually adjusts schedules to maximize capacity at all plants, increase operational efficiencies and best serve our customers with the tires they need, when and where they need them," the spokeswoman said in a statement. "This move is part of that process."
The USW could not immediately be reached for comment.