Akron, union make pitch for new Goodyear plant - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Akron, union make pitch for new Goodyear plant

Posted: Updated:
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Local union leaders are working with Akron and surrounding Summit County to persuade Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to build its new $500 million plant in northeast Ohio and bring potentially hundreds more jobs to the area where the company was founded.

After Goodyear announced plans in May for a state-of-the-art factory to make about 6 million tires annually, Akron's mayor sent a letter to Goodyear's CEO, the city council passed a resolution on the issue, and the local union made no secret of its willingness to do what it can to make the facility a reality in the Akron area.

"We've let Goodyear know that pretty much anything it would take to land that facility here, we're willing to make happen," Jack Hefner, president of United Steelworkers Local 2, told the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1wbDlhj). "To do nothing, you get nothing. If they don't build it here, it certainly won't be from a lack of trying."

That's the approach they took several years ago in persuading Goodyear to keep its headquarters in Akron, the newspaper said.

Goodyear has said it would consider sites in both North and South America for what will be its first new plant in the Americas since 1990. It likely won't discuss the locations under consideration until a choice is announced early next year, company spokesman Keith Price said.

"We haven't ruled any place out," he said. "And that includes Akron."

Local officials are awaiting more details from Goodyear about what it needs for the facility. Incentives that could be offered might include state tax credits, job-training grants from Summit County and land from the city, said Adele Roth, Akron's deputy planning director.

"If we had to buy property, it would be worth it," Council President Garry Moneypenny said
  • RegionalMore>>

  • McComb boil advisory lifted

    McComb boil advisory lifted

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:20:49 GMT
    The village of McComb's boil advisory is no longer in effect.
    The village of McComb's boil advisory is no longer in effect.
  • Dayton Air Force base plans hundreds of layoffs

    Dayton Air Force base plans hundreds of layoffs

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:55:41 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base will have until Aug. 1 to notify officials if they plan to retire or leave with incentives ahead of hundreds of layoffs this fall. The incentives are meant to encourage employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to leave voluntarily before the base eliminates 372 workers by Oct. 1. The Air Force says it will save $1.6 billion by eliminating more than 3,400 jobs throughout the service. Base spokesman Daryl Ma...
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base will have until Aug. 1 to notify officials if they plan to retire or leave with incentives ahead of hundreds of layoffs this fall. The incentives are meant to encourage employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to leave voluntarily before the base eliminates 372 workers by Oct. 1. The Air Force says it will save $1.6 billion by eliminating more than 3,400 jobs throughout the service. Base spokesman Daryl Ma...
  • Donations to Ohio State rise again

    Donations to Ohio State rise again

    Ohio State University says it took in a near-record $404 million in donations in the past 12 months.
    Ohio State University says it took in a near-record $404 million in donations in the past 12 months.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Fremont community mourns loss of missing man

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:20:36 GMT
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
    Those who knew Cory Barron in Fremont called him sweet, kind and a good man from a good family. Most in the tight-knit community were stunned to hear about his death."Deep down you pray that good will come out of it," says Timberly Kidwell, who coached Cory's sister. "You hate to hear that something like this is the outcome. I can't reiterate how great of a family this is, my heart is broken for them."Friends and family first reported the 22-year-old missing after they couldn't find him follo...
  • Company issues nationwide fruit recall

    Company issues nationwide fruit recall

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:07:17 GMT
    A national recall is affecting customers who picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart. Central California company Wawona Packing is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines and plums because of a possible listeria contamination. The affected fruit was packaged and shipped to retailers between June 1 and July 12. The company has since shut down its packing lines and sanitized the facility. They are urging anyone who has the fruit to throw it away. More information, i...
    A national recall is affecting customers who picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart. Central California company Wawona Packing is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines and plums because of a possible listeria contamination. The affected fruit was packaged and shipped to retailers between June 1 and July 12. The company has since shut down its packing lines and sanitized the facility. They are urging anyone who has the fruit to throw it away. More information, i...
  • TPD looking for suspects who robbed 2 teenage boys

    TPD looking for suspects who robbed 2 teenage boys

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:13:17 GMT
    Toledo police are looking for the suspects who robbed two teens."As soon as we can get those pictures out for the public to view. We'll have those out. I'm confident we'll be able to catch and i-I the suspects after that's released," said Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan. Toledo police say they were able to pull photo's of several suspects who followed two teenage boys on the University of Toledo trail and robbed them. "They felt that they were being followed by a group of other juveniles so ...
    Toledo police are looking for the suspects who robbed two teens."As soon as we can get those pictures out for the public to view. We'll have those out. I'm confident we'll be able to catch and i-I the suspects after that's released," said Toledo police Sgt. Joe Heffernan. Toledo police say they were able to pull photo's of several suspects who followed two teenage boys on the University of Toledo trail and robbed them. "They felt that they were being followed by a group of other juveniles so ...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!