BY JEFF BENNETT
AKRON, Ohio—Five years ago, the wheels had just about come off Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The 113-year-old tire maker was losing money, feuding with its workers and struggling to compete with foreign imports that undercut its prices at stores across the U.S.
Today, this industry icon appears to have regained traction after a painful transformation. It downsized operations, found common ground with union leaders and fought imports by using technology to turn its tires into prized consumer products. Goodyear is now profitable with a smaller, highly skilled work force and selling more premium-priced tires.
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