FORNEY, Texas – Goodyear Tire Company will soon call Forney home to its newest 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center in the Gateway Development after months of negotiations with city officials.

The announcement was made earlier tonight during the Forney City Council meeting and had only previously been known to the public as "Project Fireball."

The Forney City Council voted 6-1, with Mayor Rick Wilson opposed, to re-zoning approximately 102 acres of agricultural land to a light industrial district to make way for the project.

Goodyear proposes building a 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center at the southwest corner of South Gateway Boulevard, south of U.S. Highway 80, and west of Gateway Boulevard.

"The distribution center is anticipated to create at least 160 full-time positions, which would make Goodyear one of the major employers in the City of Forney," stated the release from the city.
 
Goodyear's current 764,000-square-foot Southwest Logistics Center opened in Terrell, Texas, in 1999 after establishing a triple freeport exemption. The facility consolidated four other Goodyear hubs in Texas. A spokesperson for Goodyear was not immediately available to discuss whether or not the current operations in Terrell would transfer to the new facility in Forney upon its completion.
 
"The effort to bring this employer to Forney has been a joint partnership with the Forney Economic Development Corporation (FEDC), Hillwood Properties, Petro-Hunt, the City Council and many departments within the City," stated the city's release.

“We are very excited to welcome one of the nation’s most recognizable brands to Forney," stated Forney City Manager Tony Carson. "Their role as a leader in commerce continues to evolve and we look forward to being part of their innovation in the distribution of good and services."

“We’re thrilled about the opportunity to bring such an iconic company to Forney," Forney EDC Executive Director Warren Ketteman added. "Goodyear is the most innovative tire manufacturer and distributor; this mirrors the efforts of the City and FEDC to continue to innovate for the benefit of our residents.”

In June 2018, Goodyear began construction on a similar 1.2 million-square-foot distribution facility just south of Columbus, Ohio.

Requests for additional information have been made with the City of Forney and Goodyear. This is a developing story.