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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will reduce medium truck tire production at its Topeka, Kan., plant in response to "continued lower demand for commercial truck tires and current economic conditions," according to company officials.

"Adjusting the plant's operational capacity means fewer production associates will be needed." Goodyear estimates 200 to 225 employees will be affected. "Several options exist for reducing the number of employees, including buyouts, voluntary layoffs and involuntary layoffs."

OTR and military Hummer tire production at the plant will "remain unchanged."

The 64-year-old plant, Goodyear's third-oldest in North America, can produce 8,000 tires -- including 5,500 medium truck tires -- per day at full throttle, according to MTD's 2009 Facts Issue.

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