SALEM, Va. (Jan. 9, 2015) — Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia L.L.C. (YTMV) has begun the indefinite layoffs of 31 hourly employees at its Salem tire plant.
The workers are represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1023.
The positions make up less than 5 percent of the union workforce at the Salem plant. Yokohama said. The factory produces passenger and light truck tires, and has 910 employees, 718 of whom are union workers.
“The positions are being phased out to more effectively streamline YTMV's current production schedule and inventory capacity,” said Tetsuro “Tex” Murakami, president of YTMV.