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Goodyear to discontinue its Bowmanville conveyor belt operation

Bowmanville, ON (Revised 11/26/03)-- Goodyear will discontinue most operations at its conveyor belt plant in Bowman...


Bowmanville, ON (Revised 11/26/03)– Goodyear will discontinue most operations at its conveyor belt plant in Bowmanville, Ont., by April 2004.

The plant will end fabric conveyor belt manufacturing operations and relocate its steel-cable belt equipment to another facility. It will continue to produce blended, unvulcanized rubber compounds for other Goodyear operations, using recently upgraded mixing equipment.

“This business decision is based on an overall drop in market demand for conveyor systems,” said Jim Pecorelli, director of global manufacturing for Goodyear Engineered Products. “We are consolidating production to reduce our cost base and maintain an industry leadership role.”

He said this action will strengthen Goodyear’s competitive position, by aligning production capacity with current market requirements.

Pecorelli expects that the production transition will be smooth. “We will maintain our product delivery schedule and service level to customers,” he said.

The phase-out of production begins immediately and will ultimately affect more than 160 hourly and salaried workers. The company did not disclose how many would remain after belt production ends.

“This is a difficult decision,” said Pecorelli. “The plant has been part of Goodyear since 1910, and has performed well. Our top concern is to help minimize disruption to our associates’ lives, as they seek new employment opportunities.”

Goodyear will continue to operate its conveyor belt plant and technical centre at Marysville, Ohio; as well as conveyor belt plants at Spring Hope, N.C.; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Uitenhage, South Africa; and Bayswater, Australia.