Danville plant increasing production and recalling workers
Goodyear Tire and Rubber is increasing production and recalling workers to its huge Danville plant, and as Charles Fishburne reports it is a bright spot in a city whose recession began long before the rest of the country.
Yesterday, we reported the Federal Reserve had detected some bright spots in the manufacturing sector in Virginia, and Danville’s Goodyear plant is one of them.
Wright: Goodyear is the largest private-sector employer in the city, 2000+ employees.
Linwood Wright consults for Danville’s Office of Economic Development; he says the plant laid off about 400 people March a year ago, but now:
Wright: They have just recently agreed to go back to a 24/7 operation.
Danville lost 12 thousand textile jobs over time as Dan River Mills scaled back and finally closed two years ago. Goodyear is the biggest employer left now, with other smaller factories making furniture, frozen foods, tubes for cosmetics and a call center.
But employment is still 13.5%, second-highest in the state, and yesterday’s recall is encouraging.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News