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Goodyear Say Goodbye-site closure-Emotional goodbyes for staff leaving site for the final time

Goodyear Say Goodbye

Former worker Gurdev Rai with son Balwinder at the site Men who finished the last ever shift yesterday at the Goodyear plant in Bushbury Lane, Wolverhampton, spoke of their sadness. Many workers were too upset to talk after their farewell shifts, as cars streamed out in their masses from […]

Goodyear Say Goodbye

Goodyear Say Goodbye

This is about the closure of the last tyre plant out of Wolverhampton. Goodyear were in their heydays in the sixties and up to the eighties.

I became a member of their retail tyre organisation in the seventies. For this reason, I have always had a soft touch for the giant tyre makers from the USA.

Unfortunately, Goodyear tyres have slowly pulled out of the UK, to other locations across the world. Naturally, looking for lower costs and cheaper labour rates.

More job cuts were to follow, with 550 axed in 1997 and staff numbers whittled down to 2,500 by 2000.

Last Friday a total of 283 workers bid goodbye to Goodyear. Hence, these workers were offered new posts in their replacement factory, in Mexico. Ironically, not one of the Birmingham staff took up the offer, (surprise-surprise?).

Thousands gathered to witness the end of an era as the iconic blue and yellow Goodyear chimney was pulled down the following year.