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Akron pushes for a new tire plant
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced in late May that it plans to build its first new tire plant in the Americas since 1990

Goodyear built its new headquarters in Akron last May.
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The city of Akron, known as “rubber city,” is trying to sell itself as a great place for Goodyear’s new tire production plant.

Goodyear announced earlier this spring that it wants to build a $500 million plant somewhere in North America. Sam DeShazior, deputy mayor for economic development, says the addition of a new plant here would help restore Akron’s economy.

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“We’re hoping that when we find out what the parameters are for Goodyear that we’ll have an opportunity to respond to some of the issues they’re having in terms of trying to look for the right site at the right place, and we know that right place would be here in Akron.”

DeShazior says the city has a lot to offer.

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“We have a highly skilled and highly productive labor force. I think we need to know more about land usage, production capabilities they are looking for and how we can include our partner organizations in attracting any kind of project that would come to town.”

DeShazior says these partners include Summit County and the state of Ohio. They all hope to bring expanded rubber manufacturing back to what is now the capital of polymer research. 

The only other information Goodyear has released so far is that the plant will produce 6 million tires per year. 

DeShazior says Akron ranked third nationally in manufacturing growth. He says Akron owns areas that are perfect for heavy industry and production facilities.

The local Steelworkers union is working with the city. 

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