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Goodyear agrees to sell global tire fabric operations to new partner

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has agreed to sell its global tire fabric operations to Hyosung Corp., pending government and regulatory approvals. The transaction is also subject to certain closing conditions.

Goodyear and its affiliates will receive approximately $80 million for their tire fabric manufacturing plants and assets, which include operations in Decatur, Alabama; Utica, New York; Americana, Brazil; and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, subject to post-closing adjustments. The facilities, which employ about 1,000 people, produce and treat fabric that is used in Goodyear's tires.

In addition, Goodyear and Hyosung, a multinational corporation with substantial tire reinforcement operations, would, upon closing, sign a multi-year supply agreement. Goodyear anticipates purchases of approximately $350 million to $400 million in the first year.

The tiremaker says it believes this agreement could provide it with significant cost savings and improved cash flow. The asset transaction is not expected to result in a material gain or loss.

"As Goodyear drives for improved profitability, we are focusing more activity and investment on our core business of providing innovative consumer and commercial tires for our customers," says Robert Keegan, Goodyear chairman, CEO and president.

Hyosung, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, has produced tire fabric since 1968. It also has operations in China and the United States.

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