AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Long before LeBron James became synonymous with the City of Akron, the town was widely known as the "Rubber City," the tire manufacturing capitol of the world. Today, Akron's tire industry is mostly gone with Goodyear the only company still standing. That's why a recent Goodyear announcement caught our attention.
The company plans to build a new $500 million tire plant and a site search is underway. At first glance, Akron seems like an unlikely choice. A half-dozen other tire companies abandoned Akron long ago for cheaper wages and tax subsidies. But to us, it's as obvious as the Goodyear Blimp on a clear day…Akron is the place to build.
The city offers a skilled workforce and ranks third in the nation in manufacturing growth. And just last year, Goodyear moved into a new, $160 million headquarters in Downtown Akron.
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and the State of Ohio are officially on the clock. Let's hope they can convince Goodyear to "build in its own backyard." Old economy ideas won't cut it. Fifteen hundred new jobs depend on it.
I'm Dominic Mancuso and that's how we see it.
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