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Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. has sold seven Midwest distribution centers to U.S. Autoforce, a division of Wisconsin-based U.S. Venture Inc.

Jim Davis, public relations manager for Goodyear North America, confirmed the sale, which was effective Dec. 8. The company is not revealing the financial details of the deal.

The seven centers are located in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado, plus two in Wisconsin and two in Illinois. The centers distribute both consumer and commercial tires.

Davis described the move as being part of Goodyear's "aligned distribution strategy," and noted the company uses a combination of company-owned and aligned wholesale distribution (WD) centers. U.S. Autoforce is an existing WD for Goodyear products.

"There are no plans to divest of all the company-owned WD centers," Davis said. "We still have 45 of them. We're still in that business for sure."

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