Akron, Ohio – Goodyear Tire & Rubber is blaming weak sales for its decision to slow production at its consumer tire plant in Union City, Tennessee.
Starting July 6, the plant will move from a continuous operating schedule to a five-day, three-shift operation.
In early May, United Steelworkers union members at the plant ratified a labour agreement permitting the schedule change. Approximately 550 workers will receive buyout packages as part of the change.
The plant can produce about 12 million consumer tires a year for the original equipment and replacement markets, and currently employs about 2,300 workers.