Goodyear adjusts production rates at four plants.

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has resumed full production at its passenger and light truck tire plant in Napanee, Ontario.

The Canadian factory shut down for one week in mid-March as part of "substantial production cutbacks" designed to stabilize inventories, according to a Goodyear spokesman.

The Akron, Ohio-based tiremaker's Lawton, Okla., plant will resume full production early next week. Its passenger tire output was slashed by 50% on March 12.

In addition, all light truck tire production was halted at Goodyear's Freeport, Ill., factory in mid-February, which resulted in the lay-off of nearly 100 employees. Manufacturing is scheduled to resume in mid-April.

And Goodyear's Danville, Va., plant is currently operating on a staggered schedule of "full production one week, partial production the next." Nearly 150 Danville workers have been laid off.

"Goodyear will continue to monitor demand levels and adjust production accordingly," say company officials.

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