AKRON—Goodyear is keeping all of its tire and retread manufacturing plants closed throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions "until further notice," just as it's doing with its manufacturing plants in the Americas.
The Akron-based tire maker said it continues to monitor inventory levels "to keep essential community services moving" as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
"During this unprecedented and extremely fluid situation, Goodyear's top priorities are the health and wellbeing of our associates and service to our customers, many of whom continue to provide essential services to the community, such as emergency response and transport of critical goods like food and medicine," the tire maker said.
Goodyear originally said it would close its EMEA facilities abroad at least until April 3.
The European initiative includes 11 tire plants in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia, which collectively employ nearly 12,000 workers, according to Rubber & Plastics News' tire data.