TOPEKA, Kan.-Goodyear plans to lay off 100 hourly workers at its Topeka tire plant as a result of a drop-off in demand for bias-ply heavy truck and off-the-road tires. The plant employs 2,200.
The layoffs, which started in late August, will come in stages, a Goodyear spokesman said, with half the pink slips delivered by the end of September and the remainder in October.
``Certain truck and earthmover (tire) markets are not doing well and the bias market is going down overall,'' the spokesman said. ``Our bias output at the Topeka plant is about half of what it was a year ago, but production is stable at this time.''
The Topeka factory has lost business in recent years due to declining demand and shifts in production.
The scaleback marks Goodyear's second move in the past 12 months to curtail bias-ply production. The firm's Gadsden, Ala., factory, which had produced bias-ply tires since 1929, stopped making them in November.