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BF Goodrich may lay off 10 percent of it's Tuscaloosa workforce

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

BF Goodrich may be reducing the size of its plant it Tuscaloosa.

The company says it may lay off between 80 and 110 workers. The United Steel Workers union that represents those workers also confirm the possibility. They add that the lay offs could happen Oct. 27.

Mark Williams, the president of the local United Steel Workers union, says that in general tire production is declining and he's not sure what the future holds.

"This is indefinite. We don't know when they will come back. We've been fortunate through the years to not have a lot of layoffs....But until the economy turns around and tire sales pic up, we don't know what's going happen," he said.

BF Goodrich released this statement about the layoffs:

"To help align production and inventory with current market demand for BFGoodrich® passenger and light truck tires, BFGoodrich Tire Manufacturing will begin implementing today an indefinite layoff of less than 10 percent of its workforce at its Tuscaloosa, Ala. plant. Details concerning the implementation are being finalized. We continue to monitor the tire market and will react accordingly."

Reporter Josh Gauntt is following up on this story and will have more tonight on FOX6 News. You can follow him on Twitter @joshg_tv. Check back to this story, our Twitter @myfoxal and Facebook for the latest updates.

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