Opelika manufacturing facility plant could be sold | News
OPELIKA, AL (WTVM)- A spokesperson for Michelin North America tells News Leader 9 they are in negotiations to sell the BF Goodrich plant in Opelika.
The tire manufacturing facility closed in October 2009, putting nearly 1,000 workers out of jobs. When the plant first closed, city leaders hoped to locate another tire manufacturer in the facility. But according to Opelika's economic director Lori Hugley, Michelin North America owns the massive building will not sell to a competitor.
"Michelin is not allowing that to be sold to another competitive tire manufacture. While we did not think it was the best for Opelika, it's a company decision and we have to respect that," says Hugley.
Hugley says last year a consultant did ask the city to check with Michelin again to see if it would sell to a competitor and the answer was still no.
Lynn Mann, spokesperson for Michelin, says she can't comment on who her company will or will not sell to.
Mann did say Michelin is optimistic about current negotiations to sell the plant.
However, she can't describe the potential buyer or if a potential sale would create new jobs for Opelika residents.
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