Originally created 09/24/05

Business briefs



AROUND TOWN

Fort Gordon holds October job fair

A free job fair has been scheduled for Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Gordon's U.S. Army Reserve Center on 15th Street near Lane Avenue on post.

More than 60 local, state and national employers are expected to be represented at the event, called Job Fair 2005.

Job seekers should bring copies of their resume and dress appropriately. For more information, call (706) 791-0795 or 791-2009.

John Deere plant donates tractors

Deere & Co.'s commercial products tractor plant in Columbia County on Friday finished assembly on three John Deere tractors that will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

The company's plant in Grovetown is shipping the tractors, through dealerships, to St. Gabriel, La., and Tchula and Hattiesburg, Miss, The donation is part of Deere & Co.'s $1 million corporatewide contribution to the relief efforts.

BRIEFLY

Goodyear closing plants to cut costs

New York - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Friday it will close an undisclosed number of plants as part of a sweeping restructuring aimed at improving its north american tire business and saving as much as $1 billion during the next three years.

The world's largest tire maker did not say how many jobs would be affected or the plant locations. But it did say it would focus on high-cost plants and increase sourcing from Asia.

Sears eliminating retiree health plan

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Thousands of retired Sears Holding Corp. workers younger than 65 soon will have to cover the full costs of their medical insurance as the company works to reduce costs after being acquired by Kmart.

Health coverage for workers and retirees last year accounted for about half of Sears' operating income. Sears would not disclose changes for current workers, though it did say new benefits would include a credit for nonsmokers and discounts for workers who fill prescriptions at company pharmacies.

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