PARIS Jan 23 French Industry Minister Arnaud
Montebourg said Texan tyre tycoon Maurice Taylor is ready to
invest in a new plant and hire 330 workers on the site of a
Goodyear factory at the centre of a labour dispute.
Titan International Chief Executive Taylor said
previously that he wanted to buy part of the plant in northern
France, which has been earmarked for closure, provided unions
agreed on a redundancy payoff deal.
An accord was reached this week after workers who took two
executives hostage at the idled factory ended an occupation of
Taylor is ready to invest 40 million euros ($55 million) in
a new plant at the site over four years, Montebourg said on
Europe 1 radio, citing a message from the Titan CEO.
"It said: 'I am ready to discuss it with everyone ... and
offer to hire 330 workers'," Montebourg said, adding that he
hoped those workers who had lost their jobs at Goodyear would be
rehired at the new site.
Taylor triggered a political storm a year ago when he said
the Goodyear plant was not competitive enough to keep running
and withdrew a potential rescue bid on the grounds that French
workers were lazy.
The factory in Amiens makes agricultural and road tyres and
employs 1,200 staff.