Harold Coker, Charles Cornell, Juanita Purcell in Hall of Fame
August 28, 2014

TIA names 2014 Hall of Fame inductees
The Tire Industry Association has named three inductees to its Hall of Fame in 2014 and three recipients of the Ed Wagner Industry Leadership Award.

A Falken first: Ziex ZE914 is OE on Jeep, Patriot
Sumitomo Rubber Industries Inc. announced that subsidiary Falken Tire Corp. has been awarded a contract from Chrysler Group LLC to supply Falken's Ziex ZE914 Ecorun for the 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot Built-Up Export (BUX) models.

New Tire Kingdom opens in Jacksonville
TBC Corp. celebrated its newest Tire Kingdom outlet in Jacksonville, Fla., with weekend-long grand opening festivities Aug. 23-25, 2014. TBC operates 18 Tire Kingdom stores in the Jacksonville market and 258 Tire Kingdom stores in Florida.

‘Great Hit’ rebate discounts 6 Hankook tires
Hankook Tire America Corp. announced it is launching its 2014 “Great Hit” mail-in rebate fall promotion that will give consumers the chance to score big deals on six of Hankook’s most popular tires.

New Goodyear Sr. VP of Global Sales & Mktg.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced the appointment of Richard Kellam as senior vice president, global sales and marketing, effective Sept. 22, 2014.

General tire promotion gives green back
Continental Tire the Americas LLC announced its “Tire Stacks and Greenbacks” promotion will award up to a $70 Visa gift card to consumers who purchase four qualifying General tire brand passenger or light truck tires through Oct. 3, 2014.

Cooper reports value of Chinese plant
Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. reports the fair market value for its Chinese plant to be US $440 million at the current exchange rate.

TIA and RMA agree on tire identification rules
The Tire Industry Association (TIA), has sent comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Docket Office regarding a notice of proposed rulemaking for tire identification and recordkeeping.

Chuck Hamad, owner of Hamad Tire, dies
Charles Hamad, owner/president of Hamad Tire Inc., died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. He was 65.

BKT strengthens Agri Sales team with Mehta
Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) announced the addition of tire industry veteran Minoo Mehta to its Agri Sales team as vice president, Agri Sales for BKT’s United States operations.

Bosch sets up scholarship program with UTI
Robert Bosch LLC has established an education scholarship and employment grant program through the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Foundation with a gift of $50,000.

Chicago Pneumatic expands impact wrench line
Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. has announced a new addition to its 1-inch impact wrench lineup for truck and heavy duty vehicle maintenance, the CP7776 1” High Torque Pistol Impact Wrench.

Lori’s Listening
The Biss List

Quoting prices is a delicate balancing act
The primary reason I’m writing these articles is to give sales staff more confidence at the sales counter. This month, I’ll continue my series on pricing.

Run-flats: what a difference a decade makes
There seems to be love and hate relationships when it comes to run-flat tires (RFT). Auto manufacturers love offering the selling point of better fuel economy due to the lighter vehicle weight that run-flats offer by eliminating a spare tire. Consumers hate the high cost to replace original equipment run-flats and are struggling with their comfort level. Tire makers are caught in the middle.

Wheel weights: Clip-ons or bags?
Balancing all wheel positions, including trailer tires, has been documented to increase fuel economy by 1% to 2%, according to Derek Forney, marketing coordinator, International Marketing Inc. (IMI). “In fact, nearly half of a truck’s fuel efficiency related to tires comes from the trailer,” says Forney.

Are tire subsidies from the Chinese government the root of all evil?
By now, everyone who reads my blog, or my editorial in Modern Tire Dealer, knows that I am against additional tariffs on consumer tire imports from China.

How to increase profits -- or efficiency -- when business is slow
Let’s say for some reason business is slow. Maybe all your bays are empty because it is raining hard, or the stars are aligned against you that day or week. Or there is no snow in January.

Tire manufacturers will like the new tariff in town
Will there or won't there be an additional tariff placed on consumer tire imports from China in 2015? Realistically, we won't know the answer to that until December.

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