Part of Wingfoot plant shuts down
By Seth Leonard
The Wingfoot plant, located at 1405 Jake Alexander Blvd., ceased off-the-road tire retreading operations today, resulting in the relocation or release of 26 employees.
Off-the-road tires are large, knobby tires used on construction, earth-moving and mining equipment.
The plant will continue its other operations, which include commercial truck and passenger car tire retreading.
All OTR retreading equipment has been sold to Purcellís Tire and Rubber Company which will move the majority of it to its headquarters in Potosi, Mo. The sale is a move by Wingfoot and parent company Goodyear to exit the OTR retreading business permanently.
According to public relations officer Jim Davis in Akron, Ohio, the closing of the Salisbury operation comes in conjunction with the closing of the companyís only other OTR retreading facility in Winona, Minn.
See Saturday’s post for further information.