The final, final, final, final tariff ruling awaits
June 25, 2015

There is only one recourse left for Chinese tire importers
Duties on consumer tires imported from China are not a done deal. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) still has to determine if they ultimately will be implemented.

Can’t close the sale? Maybe it’s your questions
Modern Tire Dealer columnist Wayne Williams says sales success requires more than asking the right questions. The right questions have to be asked in the right order. But what exactly are the “right” questions?

Add another tire to the Fortune 500 club
A big player in the tire industry is close to cracking the Fortune 500.

Goodyear: Changes ahead in Europe
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is closing a mixing and retreading facility in the United Kingdom and shifting the production of consumer tires out of its Wittlich, Germany, plant as part of a reorganization plan to strengthen its “global competitiveness.”

UPDATED: Toyo chairman and president both resign
Both the chairman of the board and the president of Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. are resigning after the company acknowledged falsified performance data involving defective earthquake shock absorbers that were installed in 154 buildings.

Bob Gatzke, the 'tire dealer's tire dealer,' dies
Robert "Bob" Gatzke, one of the the founding partners of Parnelli Jones Inc. and onetime president of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA), died on June 12, 2015. He was 84.

SmartWay-verified? Here's the latest list
What's the one thing you need to know about SmartWay-verified truck tires? There are a lot of them. In the last year alone 287 tires were added to the list. And since 2013, the number has tripled.

AAM releases disconnect control units
American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. (AAM) has released an OE disconnect control unit for the 7.25-inch front axle 2002-2009 Chevy Trailblazer and GMC Envoy SUVs.

Gates unveils tool for removing pulleys
Gates Corp. has introduced a wrench for removing stubborn accessory pulleys. The new Micro-V Pulley Strap Wrench is designed to grasp and hold automotive SAE v-ribbed belt driven pulleys.

Steelman brand names TPMS manager
JS Products Inc. is naming a manager to lead tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) products for its Steelman brand.

Brake Parts adds more than 500 brake parts
Brake Parts Inc. LLC has added more than 500 part numbers to its Raybestos line of brake products.

Lori’s Listening

Tips to measure and track your way to more profitable mechanical work
What metrics should tire dealers track to make their mechanical work more profitable? Bob Fox, owner of J&J Tire Factory in Helena, Mont., answered that question during a presentation at the Tire Factory Inc.’s annual dealer meeting last February. (On May 28, Tire Factory announced it joined Point S, an international network of independent tire and car service dealers; details are on page 12 of this issue of MTD.)

Strong traffic trends benefited repair departments
According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires increased slightly in March. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported they sold 0.3% more tires In March on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.7% decrease in February and a 0.1% increase in January.

Tire registration and legislation
Legislation should be the last resort when attempting to solve problems. Legislation is the lazy man’s way of getting things done. Legislation causes more grief in the long term than common sense does.

The fate of Chinese tire imports is in the hands of the ITC
By July 27, 2015, we will know if the duties on consumer tires imported from China will stand. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will make that determination.

2015 tire tariffs: Why Cooper is stress-free with the wait-and-see approach
When tire companies say they are going to take a "wait-and-see" approach to the tariff situation, they generally mean one of two things.

5 more interesting facts about the Goodyear/Sumitomo dissolution
Here are five final thoughts on the end of the alliance between Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Some involve continuing research on the part of Modern Tire Dealer; others were insights pointed out by a Goodyear spokesperson.

U.S. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices
Brought to you by the U.S. Energy Information Administration