With Slower Car Sales, Slower Tire Sales

The announcement today that Bridgestone is laying off over 150 workers should be no surprise.  With the Detroit automakers struggling to find buyers, the dominoes fall all the way down here.  Besides the job loss during the holidays, another huge concern for me is toward the bottom of the article by the Daily News Journal,

While no final decision has been made regarding the elimination of consumer tire manufacturing at the La Vergne plant, the decision to put this idea “on the table” for serious consideration was an extremely difficult one, as was the announcement of the layoff beginning Dec. 21.

“The steps we announced today were taken only after serious consideration of our alternatives; however, these actions are necessary in order to ensure the health of our entire North American tire business,” said Brooks. “The appropriate union officials, as well as government and community leaders, have been contacted to explain the situation at the plant. We have held and are continuing to hold meetings with our plant teammates as well,” Brooks concluded.

The good news is that although 150 are losing their jobs, over 1500 still have theirs.


6 Responses

  1. “….over 1500 still have theirs.”

    For the time being anyway.

    I hate to be a pessimist, but you can’t tell me that virtually all of the remaining 1500 have not thought the very same thing.

  2. This is really, really sad. Now there’s even more people in need of help for Christmas, just as the Salvation Army announces that the Angel Tree program
    is in crisis mode. Last year there were 8,000 Angels, this year it’s 14,000! I noticed at Kroger that the angels are all still hanging there on the tree, very few people are picking up just one angel to help. We’re all strapped this year, these lay offs only make it worse. I worry about the families of those 150… I worry about the state of our community, as a whole, if we don’t step up to the plate and look out for one another. It doesn’t have to be much, and it doesn’t have to be grand, but something under the tree for a child at Christmas is certainly better than nothing. I personally sacrificed a haircut and some superfluous shopping, opting instead to pick up an angel. I can go another month with shaggy hair.
    I just wonder if those CEO’s at Bridgestone are picking up angels from angel trees…

  3. Truly sorry to hear about the layoffs. My question though is how many of those people live in La Vergne? I’m not trying to say it doesn’t hurt the employees wherever they live, I just wonder what the actual impact is on the local economy?

    FC – great story. In the up years and in the down years, there are always angels on the angel tree. I wish more people would make the personal sacrifice you did. Skipping a weeks worth of latte’s at Starbucks could be the difference in a Merry Christmas for a child.

  4. The LaVergne Library confirmed that they’re only accepting canned goods (no plastic bottles, glass jars, or boxes). (Yum, I got to keep my jar of peanut butter). I believe that the food/toys they collect are distributed locally. Does anyone know if the Angel Tree and Second Harvest charities collected in LaV stay in LaV?

  5. Only 150 people lose their jobs this year.Next year,barring an incredible turnaround,it is possible that 1/3rd of the Bridgestone work force will be eliminated.I do not know what can be done to turn things around in the auto industry.People are keeping their vehicles longer,so you would think passenger tired would still be a neccessity.I wonder if the Bridgestone factories in Mexico and Costa Rica are laying off employees?

  6. A woman in my mother’s church quit dyeing her hair for a year. In doing so, she saved $500. She gave that money to Habitat for Humanity, which was enough to build a small, brick house for a family in Ecuador.

    I think that is AMAZING. First, who knew it cost so much to keep your hair an artificial color? Second, who knew that little could build a solid, complete house?

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