DECATUR, Ill. (Aug. 17, 2001)—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., which announced tentative plans June 27 to close its Decatur, Ill., tire manufacturing plant, has made those plans official.
The Decatur facility will close Dec. 31, said John McQuade, Bridgestone/Firestone vice president of manufacturing operations, in a prepared statement.
The company will continue to meet with representatives of the United Steelworkers of America “to reach agreement on the effects of this closure,” Mr. McQuade said.
“Bridgestone/Firestone will continue to work with the Decatur employees, their families and the community through this difficult time,” he said.
The Decatur plant is Bridgestone/Firestone's oldest, built in 1942 as a tank assembly plant and converted to a tire facility in 1963. Some 1,480 people work there, including 1,350 USWA members and not including 440 workers who were laid off in January.