AKRON, Ohio — Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced on Tuesday that both he and Summit County Executive Russ Pry received a letter from Goodyear saying it has removed Ohio from consideration as a location for its future tire factory.
In the letter, Goodyear says, “After an initial review of key factors, such as logistics, labor costs and access to a deep-sea port, we regrettably must remove Ohio from consideration. The analysis shows that locating in Ohio would add more than $50 million a year in costs over other locations, leaving Goodyear at a significant competitive disadvantage.”
The following is Mayor Plusquellic’s response, “After discussing the matter with Rich Kramer, (of Goodyear) I am saddened but I realize that it is not economical to ship millions of tires from Ohio to Latin America, where Goodyear’s growth in sales is occurring. I appreciate Goodyear’s willingness to consider our joint efforts to land this major investment, and further appreciate the continuing relationship between Summit County, the State of Ohio, the Greater Akron Chamber, and everyone who tried to make this happen. We will continue to communicate with Goodyear to take advantage of every opportunity to add jobs in Akron.”