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Akron wants to land new Goodyear plant

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 2, 2014

Akron is hoping to land the new Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant.

Akron City Council passed a resolution this week urging Goodyear to pick Akron for its new $500 million factory.

"We've proven to Goodyear that we are willing to do what it takes," said Councilman Jeff Fusco, referring to the package that the city, Summit County and state put together to convince Goodyear to keep its headquarters in Akron. "We have the talent, infrastructure and loyalty. We are asking them to give us a shot!"

Mayor Don Plusquellic previously sent a letter to Goodyear leaders and spoke with the head of the search committee.

Goodyear officials have said they don't know where the factory will be built. An internal site selection committee will decide by the first quarter of 2015, with the plant expected to start making tires in 2017.

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