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August 25, 2014

Goodyear's 'Wingfoot One' takes flight
More than 2,000 people witnessed the christening of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s newest blimp, Wingfoot One, on Aug. 23, 2014. Richard Kramer, Goodyear chairman and chief executive officer, said the brand equity built by the airship helps to sell tires around the globe. “It is invaluable, irreplaceable and one of a kind.”


Yokohama expands Geolandar line
The next generation tire from Yokohama Tire Corp.’s Geolandar H/T G056 line goes on sale Sept. 1, 2014, in 38 sizes in 15- to 20-inch rim diameters in P-metric and LT-metric offerings for light trucks and SUVs.


Tire Rack compares four summer tires
Tire Rack Inc. compared four summer tires in the third set of results released from its 19th annual tire testing season.


Purcell adds commercial service in Tucson
Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. has added commercial vehicle service at its facility in Tucson, Ariz.


Mahle adds two warehouses
The Mahle Aftermarket, Service Solutions division of Mahle Aftermarket Inc. has opened a satellite warehouse in the Los Angeles area to support customers on the West Coast and a distribution center in Burlington, Ontario, to expand service to Canadian customers.


Safebraking tech blog adds Brake Pad Review
Safebraking.com announced it has initiated a Brake Pad Review segment on its website.


Bosch funds Univ. of Aftermarket scholarships
Robert Bosch LLC announced that the Bosch Community Fund, along with the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division, has established a $100,000 fund for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation to provide approximately 25 automotive scholarships each year over a three-year period.


Conti establishes Intelligent Transportation unit
Continental AG, the Germany-based parent of company Continental Tire the Americas LLC, announced it is putting together an international team of innovators from the IT and automotive industries who will focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).


TGI is exclusive Pro Comp supplier in Columbia
Tire Group International LLC (TGI) and Pro Comp USA announced that they have entered into a distribution agreement that will allow TGI to exclusively distribute Pro Comp branded tires and wheels in Colombia. TGI will offer both direct factory shipments as well as fill-in from its distribution center in Miami.


Enerpulse marketing exec is new CMO of NMAMA
Enerpulse Inc. announced that its marketing director, Heather Tausch, has joined the board of the New Mexico chapter of the American Marketing Association (NMAMA) where she will serve as the volunteer chief marketing officer (CMO).



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Skid steer tread patterns go from all-purpose to purpose-built
Dealers have more choices than ever when matching skid steer tire tread patterns to specific applications for their customers. “The skid steer product line looks a lot more like a small OTR or medium truck type of offering now,” says Nick Phillippi, general manager of Nebraskaland Tire Co. Inc., which also does business as Kansasland Tire and Coloradoland Tire.


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