Titan begins post-strike rebuilding process

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Return-to-work notices will be sent out to Steelworkers that had been picketing Titan Tire Corp.'s Des Moines, Iowa, plant this coming Monday, according to Titan President and CEO Morry Taylor.

Members of United Steelworkers of America Local 164 in Des Moines voted to go back to work earlier this week following a 40-month-long strike, the longest in tire industry history.

"Under the terms, we bring back certain people first, like maintenance (personnel)," Taylor told Modern Tire Dealer last week. "But nobody knows who's coming back" due to physical exams called-back workers must pass before officially resuming their duties and other factors.

"We will now focus not only on growing, but on returning to the profit levels attained prior to the strike," he says.

Titan's sales increased at an average rate of more than 20% per year during the three-year period before the labor dispute began, according to Titan officials.

"Titan has proven the ability to grow during a recessionary period and we intend to concentrate all our talent on repeating this success in the current economic environment."

Titan's Des Moines plant has the capacity to make more than 13,000 tires a day, according to MTD research.

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