Working side-by-side with its union partners, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia, LLC (YTMV) announced it has signed a new four-year contract with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1023. Tetsuro “Tex” Murakami, president of Salem, Virginia-based YTMV, made the announcement.

Local 1023 represents approximately 600 employees at the Salem plant. The last contract was signed in 2014.

Murakami said the negotiations once again went extremely well because both sides were professional and worked hard throughout the process.  “We’ve always had a strong, positive working relationship with the union and both sides can feel good about the result.”

About Yokohama Tire Corporation

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing an extensive sales network throughout the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s broad product line, visit

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