USW wins round one in fight to increase tariffs
July 17, 2014

New tariffs on tires: We are 1-step closer
The United Steelworkers union (USW) has won round one in its fight to increase tariffs on consumer tire imports from China.

Where will Goodyear’s next plant be built?
Using clues from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Chairman, CEO and President Rich Kramer, quotes from a Latin American news agency, logistics, maps, tire industry knowledge and intuition, Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich attempts to pinpoint where Goodyear's next tire plant will be built.

Dealers to learn to manage company 'killer'
Dealers at the Georgia Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association meeting learned how to manage payroll to maximize profitability on July 19, 2014. “Payroll, the killer of companies” was presented by Norm Gaither, owner and founder of Dealer Strategic Planning Inc. (DSP).

Cooper launches enhanced online training
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced it has launched an enhanced online tire business training program for its direct and indirect wholesale and retail dealers.

Bridgestone rebrands GCR division
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC (BATO) has rebranded its GCR Tires & Service division. Under the new brand, GCR is standardizing the commercial tire service experience across all of its U.S. locations.

Big O Tires supports cancer research
Big O Tires LLC is supporting the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit organization which raises funds for pediatric cancer research, with an in-store donation and awareness campaign during the month of July 2014.

TIA to exhibit at Latin American tire expo
For the second straight year, The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will exhibit at the 2014 Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo July 23-25 at the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City, Panama.

Goodyear declares 11th straight dividend
Directors of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. have declared a quarterly dividend of 6 cents per share of common stock. The dividend is payable Sept. 2, 2014, to shareholders of record on Aug. 1, 2014.

SMP adds TPMS sensor line
StandardMotor Products Inc. (SMP) has introduced a multi-coverage clone-able TPMS sensor line. The new Qwik-Sensor line will cover 94% of all domestic, European and Asian applications with three multi-coverage TPMS sensors.

Lori’s Listening
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MTD 100: ‘Internet pricing leveled the playing field’
The maxim “business as usual” has become “business unusual” for the dealers on this year’s MTD 100. They emerged from a global recession to find an increasing threat to their margins: tire pricing on the Web. Their willingness to adapt to change has given them the competitive edge to grow their businesses.

Wheel weight update
From start to finish, it took only a few months to get the ban on lead wheel weights approved in Minnesota.

Reeling in tire sales
There is no escaping, once you are in the tire business, you’re pursued by the tire paparazzi. Neighbors, friends and family are constantly asking about tires; you are at a restaurant, the grocery store, watering your front yard, you can’t get away from it.

I know where the next Goodyear plant will be built
A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. spokesperson recently told me that the company had not yet chosen a site for its new $500 million consumer tire plant. I believe that is true.

The 'usual suspect' is the No. 1 tire, says Consumer Reports
In its April issue, Consumer Reports ran a summary of its latest -- not new -- tire tests. They encompassed seven different categories that don't normally overlap.

Ed Bobit: Why his legacy touches us all
I liked Ed Bobit because he was always trying to raise the bar of his company, Bobit Business Media.

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