OAKLAND, Calif.-Oliver Rubber Co. will be closer to its two largest tread rubber plants and two-thirds of its customers by relocating its headquarters to Athens, Ga., from Oakland. The move-expected to be completed by Dec. 1-will affect about 40 employees in sales, accounting and product development functions, a company spokesman said.
Approximately 20 people will make the move to Athens. The remainder were unable to relocate because of family connections, according to Marketing Manager Mike Squires.
``There will be replacements, especially in the area of accounting,'' Mr. Squires said.
Three months ago, Oliver ago began leasing a building in Athens in anticipation of the move.
The company will continue to operate its manufacturing plant and distribution center located at the same site in Oakland.
Plans for the freed-up space at its Oakland site are under review, a spokesman said, noting the company is considering leasing out the area.
The relocation will put Oliver closer to its East Coast customers and its production facilities in Athens and Ashboro, N.C.
About two-thirds of Oliver's customer base is east of the Mississippi River.
Oliver operates additional manufacturing facilities in Paris, Texas, and Dallas. The firm derived about 15 percent of its $114.7 million in rubber sales last year from exports.
The company manufactures precure and mold cure tread rubber, bonding gum, cement, repair materials and retreading equipment.