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Cooper Tire Temporarily Shuts Down

By Ben Roberts - bio | email

September 23, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Workers at Albany's second largest manufacturer are getting unwanted time off.  Cooper Tire is temporarily shut down.

Workers leaving the plant Tuesday night told us they were told not to come to work the rest of the week.

They say they have to use vacation time if they've got it.  They're supposed to call next week to see if the plant will reopen.

No workers would talk to us on camera.  They said they're afraid they'll get fired.

The problem at the plant is a shortage of synthetic rubber.

Hurricane Ike interrupted the supply of a chemical used to make the rubber.

Cooper officials won't say anything about the shutdown.

Tuesday, all a spokesman would tell us is that production is affected at all of the company's plants.  The Albany plant employs about 1,300 people.

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