Skip to comments.Slow demand forces Titan to lay off 60 (Last in a series of 150 layoffs at 3 midwestern plants)
Posted on 12/19/2012 10:06:18 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
FREEPORT, Ill.Titan International Inc. has laid off about 60 workers at its plant in Freeport because of slumping demand for construction tires.
The cuts are the last in a series of layoffs that began shortly before the November election at the company's three U.S. tire plants, according to Titan CEO Maurice Taylor Jr. All the cutbacks are part of the firm's construction tire segment.
Quincy, Ill.-headquartered Titan's tire factories in Bryan, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa, also experienced layoffs during the past two months, about 90 between the two facilities, Taylor said...
(Excerpt) Read more at rubbernews.com ...
Titan has tried to sell tire/wheel combinations to tractor makers.
My first wife worked as the head of applicant testing in HR at the Des Moines plant during a strike in the 1990’s. Half a dozen union goons appeared on my back deck one night, took one look at me (6 ft, 325lbs) and my Winchester Model 50 and thought better of it. LOL From then on, the security company hired for the strike protected our house and escorted her to and from work.
I believe this is a non-event. Titan has always laid people off during their slow season.
I’ve been a supplier to Titan and observer of this plant since it was owned by Armstrong. The rubber unions in Des Moines have always been a fu*ked up bunch of morons. And, local management over the years has not been helpful.