15 November 2006  Bekaert to close its steel cord plant in Dyersburg, Tennessee (USA)

Bekaert announced today its plan to phase out operations at its manufacturing facility for advanced wire products in Dyersburg (Tennessee). At this plant, steel cord is produced which is used in a variety of tire and other rubber reinforcement applications.

Given the continued reduction of domestic tire production in North America and the increasing competition from imports, Bekaert is adapting its manufacturing footprint to remain competitive in the global market place. The production capacity from Dyersburg will be integrated into other Bekaert facilities, including those located in North America. 

This program will affect approximately 200 employees. Bekaert will work closely with the people to support outplacement efforts over the coming months, while striving to provide its customers with a seamless transition during this difficult time.