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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is asking 70 employees to apply for voluntary layoff "in response to an increase in production of premium brand tires that are built on the plant's more highly automated equipment," according to company officials.

Goodyear says the increase in premium brand tire production will result in some machinery being idled. "Associates will be shifted to other areas of the factory" in this event.

Deadline to sign up for the layoff is later this week. Layoffs are expected to begin in early May. "The length of the layoff is not known at this time."

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