General Assembly Agrees To Incentives Deal To Help Tire

A bill passed into law during a special legislative session will help a pair of tire manufacturers that employ thousands at two plants in North Carolina.

The House and Senate voted largely along party lines yesterday to amend legislation passed last month that was designed to help Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. upgrade its Fayetteville plant.

Governor Mike Easley had vetoed that bill, saying it could have set a dangerous precedent by allowing the company to cut its work force and still qualify for cash grants.

Instead of attempting a historic override, Democratic leaders worked with Easley's staff on a revised bill that placed more wage and employment level standards on the grants. The revised bill, which Easley signed yesterday, will also help Goodyear's rival, Japan-based Bridgestone Corp.