Employees at Bekaert in Rome have been informed of plans to shut down a portion of the plant that could result in the loss of more than 50 jobs, IUE/CWA Local 83190 President Tim Horton has confirmed.

Several calls to the company corporate offices in Rome were not returned.

Horton said employees first learned of the impending shutdown right after Labor Day, but indicated that there had been rumors about potential cutbacks for months as a result of economic conditions.

Horton said the reduction in force will impact the tire core and ISC lines at the plant, and the shut down could come before the end of the year or perhaps stretch into the first quarter of 2020. The

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