Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America’s plant in the Town of Tonawanda is undergoing another leadership change.
Tim Noe, a local native, is returning to serve as manufacturing director effective Dec. 1. He held that same position from 2007 to 2010, and he is currently the manufacturing director at a Goodyear plant in Danville, Va.
John Romero, the Tonawanda plant’s manufacturing director only since December 2012, is leaving for the Danville position that Noe is vacating.
“Our Danville plant manufactures aircraft tires along with commercial tires, so this will be a great opportunity for John,” said Lindsay Vocht, a spokeswoman for the Goodyear Dunlop plant. “It’s a larger facility with a higher capacity, so it will allow John to grow his career and also keep strong leadership in place with Tim’s return.”
Noe, a University at Buffalo graduate, spent 31 years at the Sheridan Drive complex in different roles, including production manager, business center manager, auditor, specialist and shift supervisor, before leaving for the Danville job.
“I’m excited to be back home,” Noe said in a statement. “This plant has come a long way from when I left here four years ago.”
After Noe left in early 2010, Aaron Hildebrand was named his permanent replacement later that same year. Hildebrand left the company in October 2012 and was replaced by Romero.
Romero said he was looking forward to his new opportunity in Danville but that it would be “hard to leave both the plant and Buffalo.”
“The community is one that, if you spent any time here, you would recognize it’s a great place to be,” he said in a statement.
The Tonawanda plant produces consumer, commercial truck and motorcycle tires. It employs 1,100 hourly and salaried workers.