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10/6/06-Longview

Goodyear Plant Closure Would Affect East Texas

The possible closure of the Goodyear plant would have a devastating impact on the Tyler economy and the effect would ripple throughout East Texas, as Gregg County and Longview city leaders said Friday.   

"When you have a company like Goodyear that employs 1100 people with an annual payroll of 70 million dollars, that's 70 million dollars that's not going to be spent in our region for homes, for banking, for retailing, for food/restaurants, so it has a significant impact on our the economy of our region," says the Executive Director of LEDCO, John Stroud.

And Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt says, "Anything of a large corporate nature that takes place in Gregg County or Smith County affects each community cause we all have people in each community working in the other community."

Judge Stoudt added that the closure of Goodyear's Tyler plant could affect communities within a 100 mile radius.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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