Tyler's Goodyear plant got word of some major layoffs Tuesday. Union officials were issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act by Goodyear headquarters. That means in 60 days, at least one-third of the workforce will be laid off and tire production will stop. Union president, Jim Wansley, anticipates about 600 out of the more than 700 employees at the plant will be affected.
"Oh it feels terrible, and you know for every job lost here there'll probably three to five jobs lost in the community, as well as the economic impact of the community as well, " Wansley says,"We'll see where we end up, it ain't over yet, but it's not good news, this is not a good day for Tyler or this plant."
There is no word yet on if or when the plant will shut down for good. But it looks like some production will continue.
Goodyear had plans to close the plant, but extended it another year, after workers went on strike. That year comes to a close this December.
Tracy Watler, Reporting