Goodyear to Open New Retread Manufacturing Plant in North Bay



    NORTH BAY, ON, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Due to increasing demand for off-the-road
retreaded tires in the construction, mining, forestry and recycling
industries, Goodyear Canada Inc. announced today the building of a new retread
plant in North Bay, scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2008.
    The new 80,000 square foot facility is designed using Lean manufacturing
principles to support continuous flow of production.
    "Goodyear has been a committed corporate citizen, operating a retread
plant in the City of North Bay for the past 21 years," said Glenn Bennett,
Business Centre Manager, Goodyear Canada. "Moving the retread operation into a
larger facility reinforces our commitment to the Northern Ontario community."
    "Our Associates are second to none in the industry," said Mark Pillow,
Director of Commercial Systems and Off Highway, Goodyear Canada. "The plant's
ISO 9001 registration is a tribute to the quality management systems they have
put into place."

    Why Retread?

    According to the Tire Retreading Information Bureau, approximately
18.6 million retreaded tires were sold in North America in 2006, with sales in
excess of $3 billion.
    Retreads provide reliable service equal to, and in some cases better
than, new tires. The casing of a tire is a highly engineered structure,
designed to carry very high loads, which can readily outlast the original
tread moulded onto it. Putting a new tread onto the original casing greatly
extends a tire's lifespan. Retreaded tires also provide an environmental
benefit, by helping to divert thousands of scrap tires from disposal each
year.

    About Goodyear Canada

    Goodyear Canada Inc. is a leading manufacturer of tires for automotive
and commercial/industrial markets. The company has operations and offices in
Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, in addition to a national network of committed
independent retailers. Goodyear Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio.




For further information:

For further information: Gary Blake, Lean Six Sigma Champion, Goodyear
Canada Inc., (416) 253-3021, gary.blake@goodyear.com

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