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Goodyear will lose sixth largest producer when Valleyfield closes

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When tire manufacturing at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s Valleyfield, Quebec, plant ends, the company will lose its largest tire production facility in Canada and its sixth largest tire factory in North America.

Goodyear's other tire plants in Canada are located in Napanee, Ontario, and Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The Valleyfield factory can produce 23,000 passenger tires per day at full throttle, according to Modern Tire Dealer research.

The Napanee plant can build approximately 19,000 passenger units a day at top capacity, while the Medicine Hat facility can make 15,500 passenger tires and an additional 1,000 "other" units on a daily basis.

Overall, the North American Goodyear plants that have bigger daily production capacities than Valleyfield include:

* Lawton, Okla., which can manufacture 66,000 total units (63,000 passenger and 3,000 light truck tires);

* Fayetteville, N.C., which can build 59,000 units (47,000 passenger and 12,000 light truck tires);

* Union City, Tenn., which can produce 48,000 tires (36,000 passenger and 12,000 light truck units);

* Tyler, Texas, which can manufacture 32,000 passenger tires at full capacity. Goodyear says it will close Tyler at the end of 2007;

* Gadsden, Ala., which can produce 25,000 units (15,000 passenger and 10,000 light truck).

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