Goodyear, Arkansas Best complete Wingfoot transaction

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. now owns 100% of Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems LLC after completing its acquisition of 19% ownership interest from former Treadco Inc. parent company Arkansas Best Corp.

Goodyear paid $71.3 million in cash for Arkansas Best's shares this morning.

Arkansas Best will use proceeds to help reduce its debt.

The Fort Smith, Ark.-based firm recently announced it was exercising a clause in its Wingfoot contract with Goodyear to sell the stocks back to the Akron, Ohio-based tiremaker.

The companies formed Wingfoot as a joint venture in fall 2000.

Wingfoot is the largest retreader in the United States, according to Modern Tire Dealer statistics.

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