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Bridgestone ready to negotiate on Bari plant closure

Shutdown no longer 'irrevocable' say Vendola and Passera

Bridgestone ready to negotiate on Bari plant closure

Rome, March 14 - Tyre-maker Bridgestone is ready to negotiate on the planed closure of its plant in Bari, the governor of the southeastern Puglia region, Nichi Vendola, said Thursday. Vendola and Industry Minister Corrado Passera said the closure was no longer "irrevocable" for the firm. Local officials and unions hailed the news. On March 4 Bridgestone Europe announced plans Monday to close the Bari factory next year, throwing 950 people out of work. The plant, making car tyres in the Modugno suburb of Bari, would be shut down no later than the first half of next year, the company said. The Bari plant is one of eight in Europe owned by Bridgestone.

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