Bridgestone ready to negotiate on Bari plant closure
Shutdown no longer 'irrevocable' say Vendola and Passera14 March, 15:08
Vendola and Industry Minister Corrado Passera said the closure was no longer "irrevocable" for the firm.
Local officials and unions hailed the news. On March 4 Bridgestone Europe announced plans Monday to close the Bari factory next year, throwing 950 people out of work.
The plant, making car tyres in the Modugno suburb of Bari, would be shut down no later than the first half of next year, the company said.
The Bari plant is one of eight in Europe owned by Bridgestone.