Likely will close one of four U.S. plants. Decision will be made after 90-day study started in mid-October. It had curtailed production at all of its North American facilities from Sept. 23-28 because of raw materials shortages from Hurricane Ike. Also adjusted production schedules because of soft demand in the N.A. tire market.
BFGoodrich plants in Tuscaloosa and Opelika, Ala., and Fort Wayne, Ind., will curb passenger and light truck tire production for up to eight weeks, resulting in a temporary layoff of 40 percent of the production work force there.
Consumer: Union City, Tenn.; Gadsden, Ala.; and Fayetteville, N.C., closed last week of October; Lawton, Okla., will not run production for four consecutive Sundays starting Oct. 26. Commercial: Danville, Va., won't make truck tires the weeks of Nov. 8 and Dec. 6; Topeka, Kan., plant won't make truck tires the weeks of Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Danville will continue making aircraft tires and Topeka will make OTR tires those weeks. Many of those sites had shutdowns in September and October.
LaVergne, Tenn., plant has had 47 days of production taken out on the truck tire side and 28 days on the passenger side during 2008. The Warren County, Tenn., truck tire plant has had 36 days of production taken out for the year while the Joliette, Ontario, facility has had eight. The firm's Wilson, N.C., and Aiken, S.C., tire plants have had a few days taken out, along with some reductions in daily ticket and overtime.
Took some production days out in late October at its White, Ga., factory because of material shortages after Hurricane Ike. Has not planned any further curtailments due to excess inventory, but some daily production volumes have tapered. Toyo is analyzing October sales, inventory and customer forecasts.
Source: Data provided by individual firms