Goodyear plant in Union City sold to tire maker
The former Goodyear tire plant in Union City has been sold to a maker of off-road equipment tires, officials said Friday.
The sale to Titan Tire Corporation is effective immediately, but the purchase price is not being disclosed, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. spokeswoman Amy Brei in Akron, Ohio, told The Associated Press on Friday morning.
The Goodyear plant was Obion County's largest employer until its closure in July, putting 1,800 employees from West Tennessee and western Kentucky out of work.
Titan makes tires for large earth-moving equipment, farm implements and other off-road vehicles. It was not immediately clear how many jobs would be created in Union City.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a $3.4 million grant for re-employment services to about 850 laid-off Goodyear workers in the region.
The grant was awarded to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said the workers will be better prepared for good jobs in Tennessee's growing industries by enhancing their skills using the grant.
The Labor Department said $1.3 million is being released initially. The rest will be made available as needed.