Bridgestone Firestone may shut Oklahoma City plant

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CHICAGO, April 28 (Reuters) - Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC said on Friday it has notified the United Steelworkers that it may close a money-losing Oklahoma City tire plant by the end of 2006, trimming more than 1,400 jobs. No final decision has been made, but the U.S. tire industry faces intense competition from producers in lower-cost countries and it would be extremely difficult if not impossible to make the plant competitive, Bridgestone Firestone said. The plant ...

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