Tire workers returning to Ardmore plant

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) - About 240 employees at the Michelin tire plant will soon return to their jobs after an eight-week furlough.

Company officials say the workers were on partial pay during the off time and will return Sunday and Monday.

Michelin North America public relations director Lynn Mann calls the down time "a great opportunity for them to spend times with their families."

The furlough was prompted by the downturn of the automobile market.

The facility employees about 1,750 workers. Mann says the workers who took the furlough were all volunteers who ended up receiving a significant portion of their pay from unemployment benefits and company supplements.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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