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Low-cost imports are threatening jobs in yet another US industry: tires.

Milan Stone, president of the United Rubber Workers (URW), says that the announcement that General Tire Company will close its Akron, Ohio, plant is a ''direct'' result of US economic policy, ''both domestic and foreign.'' The US has let more foreign-made tires in, Stone says, while high interest rates make it ''extremely difficult for domestic industries to modernize aging plants'' in order to compete.

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In 1981, according to the URW, the US imported more than 36 million car, truck, and bus tires, the equivalent of 12 percent of the US market.