AKRON-Two tire makers have decided to hike prices on various tire lines, while several other firms are debating whether to follow their lead. Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. will implement a 3-percent price hike on all passenger, light and medium truck tires, effective March 1. The increase will cover Kelly, associate and custom brands.
Denman Tire Corp. raised prices 2 to 2.5 percent on its light truck and off-the-road lines, effective Jan. 1.
Both firms cited rising raw material costs-especially for nylon, carbon black and chemicals-as contributing factors in their decision.
Officials from Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., Goodyear, General Tire, Sumitomo Tire (U.S.), Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Mohawk Rubber Co. and Yokohama Tire Corp. said they currently have no plans to raise prices.
Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp. said it is reviewing its pricing structure. Dunlop Tire Corp. and Michelin North America declined to comment.
Goodyear's Wells gets promotion
AKRON-Goodyear's board has elected Hoyt M. Wells to the new position of vice chairman.
He will continue as the tire maker's chief operating officer, a position he has held since 1991.
A Goodyear spokesman said that while Mr. Wells technically will remain Goodyear's president as well, the company will discontinue use of the title and has no immediate plans to name a new president.
A director since 1988, Mr. Wells, 67, has been with the company 42 years. He was to have retired in November 1991, but stayed on at the request of Goodyear's board.
URW effort to save plant at an impasse
FORT WAYNE, Ind.-Negotiations between Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. and union members to save the company's Fort Wayne tire plant have reached an impasse, increasing the chance the unit may close.
On Dec. 21, United Rubber Workers Local 715 voted 800-731 against putting the Groupe Michelin subsidiary's latest offer to members for a vote.
Following the vote, Local 715 filed unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming the tire maker has interfered with, restrained and coerced employees, in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB will investigate the charges, then schedule a hearing if cause is found.
Uniroyal Goodrich issued a closing notice for the Fort Wayne facility Nov. 9 after the union failed to grant contract changes-similar to those agreed to by the firm's two unionized plants in Alabama-that included rotating shifts and more flexible rules to increase productivity.
ARA's untertread heat study finished
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders' Association has published the results of an extensive testing program to determine the effects of various amounts of undertread on steel radial truck retreads.
The study-involving road wheel testing of 18 steel radial truck retreads processed through a variety of retread systems-indicates that retreaded tires built as closely as possible to new tire undertread depths will run cooler than tires with extra undertread.
Complimentary copies of the seven-page technical report, Undertread Heat Study, were sent to ARA members last month. Additional copies-at $10 for members, $12 for non-members-can be ordered by calling the ARA at (800) 426-8835 or (502) 968-8900. Fax: (502) 964-7859.
Bandag exec given position in Belgium
MUSCATINE, Iowa-Bandag Inc. has promoted Gary Carlson to senior vice president and general manager of its Eastern Hemisphere Retreading Division, based in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr. Carlson replaces Michel Petiot, who has been named to the recreated position of vice president of development.
With Bandag 20 years, Mr. Carlson has been vice president of planning and development since 1989, and has been a plant manager, production superintendent, and vice president of personnel administration.