Goodyear reduces output in Gadsden
GADSDEN, Ala.—In an effort to keep its inventories balanced, Goodyear has cut back production at its Gadsden plant for the month of July.
The tire maker has reduced its normal daily production of 17,600 passenger and light truck radials by about 800 and said it may lay off as many as 125 employees at the plant.
A company spokesman said that demand for tires in the first half of 2000 did not meet projections, despite recent improvements.
No layoff notices had been issued as of July 12, said Mickey Williams, president of United Steelworkers 12, which staffs the Gadsden facility.
If any are, most of those affected are likely to be volunteers, Mr. Williams said—workers who plan to retire this year in any event.
Volunteers who are close to retirement would be able to receive layoff benefits for a limited number of months before leaving permanently, the Goodyear spokesman said.
Enkei relocates, eyes production
FORT WORTH, Texas—Aluminum wheel marketer Enkei International is moving its headquarters and aftermarket distribution center to Fort Worth, where the subsidiary of Japan's Enkei Holdings hopes to establish production for North American aftermarket customers within three to five years.
The move to Fort Worth coincides with Enkei International's reorganization into solely an aftermarket company, said Project Manager Mike Anderson. He added that Enkei International is considered one of the three largest aftermarket wheel suppliers in North America.
Enkei International recently divested its original equipment activities to another Enkei Group company in Columbus, Ind., and planned to close its Madison Heights, Mich., office by June 30. The company's Long Beach, Calif., sales office closed June 1.
The new headquarters will be housed initially in an 80,000-sq.-ft. building in Forth Worth's Alliance industrial park, Mr. Anderson said. However, Enkei International has an option on a 15-acre plot at the same site for future expansion, including setting up production of aluminum wheels for the aftermarket.
Enkei initially will employ 45 at the facility, which was scheduled to open July 1.
Enkei International distributes most of its wheels through 10 major distributors, including some tire wholesalers and retailers.
Parent company Enkei Holdings develops and manufactures both original-equipment and aftermarket aluminum wheels for automobiles and motorcycles.
Tesco of America Inc. has become the exclusive importer/distributor of the Simpes-Faip line of tire balancers and tire changers for the U.S. and the Caribbean.
Tesco also is seeking distributors and offering protected territories.
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ESCO (Equipment Supply Co.), a maker of hydraulic equipment for tire service, has opened a factory-direct repair center in Las Vegas to service the Western U.S.
The new facility should enable customers to get equipment repaired and returned within three business days, the company said. It eliminates the delay associated with shipping equipment to the company's Brooksville, Fla., headquarters.
Patch Rubber Co., a division of Myers Industries Inc., has expanded its cement manufacturing facility in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. by 10,000 square feet, enabling the company to meet increased demand for its adhesives, including cements used in tire retreading and repairing.
Coker Tire Co. in Chattanooga, Tenn., has named Classic Tire Co. in Alsip, Ill., (near Chicago) as Midwest distributor for Coker's collector car tires.