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Goodyear announces manager for Lawton

AKRON, Ohio  John Cunningham will succeed Brent Copeland as manager of the Goodyear tire plant in Lawton when Copeland retires Dec. 1, the company announced.

Cunningham is a 38-year veteran of Goodyear and currently serves as Lawton's production manager. 

Copeland has 45 years of service with Goodyear and has been manufacturing director at Lawton since September 2010. He is Lawton's longest-tenured plant manager in the plant's 38-year history.

"I want to thank Brent for his decades of exemplary service and leadership," Joe McSharry, vice president of North America consumer manufacturing, said in a news release. "John is an experienced leader as well, and we look forward to leveraging his extensive knowledge of our operations, our stakeholders and the opportunities ahead as he transitions into his new role."

Cunningham began his career at the Lawton plant as a tire builder. He has advanced through a series of management positions both in Lawton and at the company's Napanee, Canada, tire plant. He also served as manufacturing director of the company's tire plant in Bogor, Indonesia, and at Napanee prior to his return to Lawton in 2014.

"Brent has been a valued colleague, coach and friend and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with him," Cunningham said. "The Lawton plant has a proud history with a winning culture, and I look forward to leading this team to continued success. The Lawton community, too, has been a supportive partner and I am committed to continuing that tradition as well."

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