Wolverhampton Goodyear workers are ‘disgusted and upset’ at closure
26 June 2015
From the section Birmingham & Black Country
The Wolverhampton site is Goodyear’s only UK manufacturing plant
Workers at tyre company Goodyear have said they are “disgusted, upset and angry” at the decision to close its only UK manufacturing site.
All 330 workers at the Wolverhampton site are expected to lose their jobs.
Trevor White, who has worked at the factory for 40 years, said the closure would be “another nail in the coffin for the manufacturing industry in Wolverhampton”.
Goodyear “considered all options” before deciding to shut, bosses said.
Wayne Devaney, who has been at the plant for 27 years, said the workforce had “grafted really hard and done everything it could to make the factory viable”, and that the announcement had “come out of the blue”.
Eric Fric, managing director of Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK, blamed the impact of inexpensive imports, the cost of transport, and “the strength of the pound”.
Goodyear said its plans were subject to consultation with staff and unions, and it was “determined to find responsible and fair solutions for all affected employees”.
The plant, which has been at the site since 1927, is due to close by the summer of 2017.
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