TIA board member and industry leader Tom Wright dies
August 27, 2015

Industry veteran Tom Wright Sr. has died
Tire Industry Association (TIA) board member Tom Wright Sr. died August 25 after a long battle with cancer. He was 74.

Sandone Tire loses Scranton warehouse to fire
Approximately 50,000 tires have been lost in a fire that is still burning at the Scranton, Pa., warehouse of Sandone Tire.

Atturo expands Urban All Terrain range
Atturo Tire Corp. has added three sizes to the Urban All Terrain Trail Blade X/T: 275/45R22 112H XL; 305/45R22 118H XL; and 285/40R24 112H XL.

Cooper says ‘Take the Money & Ride’
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s “Take the Money & Ride” promotion rewards up to a $70 prepaid Visa card to consumers who purchase a new set of four qualifying tires Aug. 28 through Oct. 31, 2015.

KYB Americas announces ‘Win with KYB’ contest
KYB Americas Corp. reports its “Win with KYB Sweepstakes” offers automotive service shop owners in the U.S. and Canada an opportunity to win over $50,000 in prizes, including a new 2016 Toyota Tundra Limited pickup truck.

Bridgestone launches consumer tire website
Bridgestone Americas Inc. has launched its newly redesigned website for Bridgestone-brand passenger and light truck tires, BridgestoneTire.com.

Monster offers high power air ratchet
Monster Automotive Tools & Equipment reports its Monster brand 3/8-inch drive high power air ratchet (Part No. MST7108) has 100 ft.-lbs. of maximum torque with 600 rpm free speed.

Arnott has new air struts for Rovers
Arnott Inc. has introduced a front air strut for the '05-'09 Land Rover Discovery LR3, '10-'14 LR4, and the '06-'14 Range Rover Sport.

'Get Dirty With Kenny' contest winners revealed
Five Federated Car Care customers hit the dirt with Kenny Schrader and Justin Allgaier as winners of the annual “Get Dirty with Kenny” contest.

New retread for regional applications from Michelin
Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America Inc., is launching the Michelin X Multi Energy D Pre-Mold retread for regional and emerging super-regional applications.

Lori’s Listening

A flat performance for run-flat tires
The standard complaints about run-flat tires that wear too quickly and offer an uncomfortable ride aren’t going away. In the last five years as the replacement rate of non-run-flat tires on two-year-old cars has improved by 4%, the run-flat replacement rate hasn’t budged an inch.

Turn your data into profit
Dave Vogel says most tire dealers are sitting on a pile of money. And ignoring it. Their computers might as well be stuffed with cash, and their filing cabinets overflowing like a triple-cherry slot machine jackpot.

Parnelli Jones partnered with winners, and won
I worked for Parnelli Jones for 20-plus years in a variety of capacities. In many ways, Jones is just an ordinary guy; in other ways, he’s quite extraordinary.

Oil change wars and fall car care go hand-in-hand
The oil change wars have begun. Given the start of the school year is upon us, that is not surprising.

Has China found a way to beat the tariffs?
China devalued its currency, the yuan, twice last week because of its slumping economy. Each time the news broke, stock prices in the U.S. dropped -- CBS News described it as "tumbled," but you get the idea.

Goodyear addresses online sales, pricing and more during conference call
Although Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is moving full-speed ahead with its "value proposition" strategy, there are still headwinds with which to be dealt. That especially applies to the upcoming winter tire selling season.

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