Akron, union make pitch for new Goodyear plant

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Local union leaders are working with Akron and surrounding Summit County to persuade Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to build its new $500 million plant in northeast Ohio, where the company was founded.

Akron's mayor sent a letter to Goodyear's CEO, and the city council passed a resolution on the issue. The president of United Steelworkers Local 2 says they've informed Goodyear that they'll do whatever they can to get the new facility in the Akron area.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1wbDlhj ) reports that's the approach they took several years ago in persuading Goodyear to keep its headquarters in Akron.

In May, Goodyear announced plans for a state-of-the-art factory that would make about 6 million tires a year. It said it would consider sites in both North and South America.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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