Goodyear drops economic nuclear bomb on northwest Tennessee — Roy Herron
Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 9:02 pm
“Goodyear has dropped an economic nuclear bomb on northwest Tennessee, 1,900 working families and our whole region,” said state Rep. Roy Herron of Dresden.
He said is working with state and local officials in the wake of Goodyear’s announcement Thursday that it plans to close its Union City plant.
“I have talked with Goodyear workers and management, Obion County and Union City officials and other leaders, and we will continue to meet Friday,” said Herron, who represents Benton, Decatur, Henry, Henderson, Lake, Obion, Perry, Stewart and Weakley counties. “I have also talked today with Governor Haslam and his commissioners, and they want people to know that they will do all that they can to help.”
In the wake of Thursday’s announcement, Herron is requesting $7 million in state funds to match $13 million in federal funds to make the port and industrial park at nearby Cates Landing operational in order to attract manufacturing jobs. Herron is also asking Haslam to make Interstate 69 a priority as a major transportation artery to draw new industry to West Tennessee.
“We must act quickly and boldly to fill the gaping hole that this plant closing will leave in our regional and state economy,” Herron said. “Our top priority must be helping put Tennesseans back to work.”
Congressman Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump voiced his disappointment at Gooyear’s announcement.
“While this decision has been in the process for years, Goodyear’s formal announcement is profoundly disappointing,” he said. “It is tragic to lose these good paying jobs, but communities survive and this community is made from strong roots and will rebuild.
“I will work with both the United Steelworkers and Goodyear to ensure a smooth transition by following through on their negotiated contract. Additionally, I have called Governor Haslam, asking that we join forces to make it a top priority to bring new economic development to Union City and northwest Tennessee.”
Published in The Messenger 2.11.11