Goodyear to Invest $600 million in US Union Plants Over 4 Years

30th September 2009 | 0 Comments
Goodyear to Invest $600 million in US Union Plants Over 4 Years

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced that its four-year labour contract with the United Steelworkers union (ratified on 18 September) could save the company as much as $555 million in savings before a potential profit sharing impact. The company also committed to investing $600 million in its USW facilities over the next four years. The seven plants covered by the master agreement are in: Akron, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Danville, Va.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Gadsden, Alabama; Topeka, Kansas; and Union City, Tennessee.

According to a Goodyear statement, these changes are expected to provide Goodyear with cost savings of approximately $215 million over the term of the contract. Combined with savings realized through “pre-bargain agreements to reduce staffing levels at five plants,” the company expects to realize $555 million in total savings over the term of the agreements. However, financial analysts at Deutsche Bank estimated that the agreement will result in $155 million of gross annual savings by 2013. Their response was to raise their share price estimates for 2010 and 2011 to $1.85 and $2.45 from $1.70 and $2.20 respectively.

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