Tyler Leaders Preparing Plan of Incentives To Keep Goodyear Plant

The City of Tyler is closely watching labor negotiations between the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and its unions.

Goodyear has already said it looks to close one of its five plants this year, and possibly another in 2007.   The Goodyear plant in Tyler employs more than one thousand workers and the city says is a billion-dollar contributor to the local economy.

While Goodyear isn't looking to shut down the Tyler plant this year, it's not out of the question for next year.

"We're working with community leaders, business representatives to be sure that if we need it, we have a package to put on the table for Goodyear so they know we're serious about keeping that plant here in Tyler," said Tyler Economic Development Council President Tom Mullins.

Not far away in Fayetteville, Arkansas folks there are worried about losing their Goodyear plant.  Media reports say modernization of that plant would require upwards of $40 million from taxpayers.

Morgan Palmer, Reporting - morganpalmer@kltv.com