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Three-year strike at Titan plant in Mississippi ends

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Picketing steelworkers at Titan Tire Corp.'s Natchez, Miss., plant have ratified a back-to-work agreement by "nearly a four-to-one margin," according to a United Steelworkers of America (USWA) spokesman.

Nearly 300 workers approved the contract that will run through 2006 at a meeting yesterday.

Titan "mothballed" the facility earlier this year.

"Workers who wish to return will be placed on lay-off status until the plant resumes production," say USWA officials.

Titan President and CEO Morry Taylor calls Steelworkers' decision "a welcome development."

In late October, union members at Titan's factory in Des Moines, Iowa, voted to return to work there -- officially ending the longest strike in tire industry history.

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