AKRON-Goodyear has begun offering its truck tires through 24 company-owned Petro Stopping Centers, a chain of truck stops based in El Paso, Texas. Barry Robbins, vice president of tire marketing, said Goodyear was responding to requests from truck fleet customers to make its tires available along additional highway routes.
Company research shows tire customers with national contracts often make emergency purchases of non-Goodyear brands at truck stops because tight schedules can prevent drivers from leaving freeways to search for Goodyear outlets, he said. The tire maker hopes to add Petro's 12 franchise locations in the near future.
Fewer than 6,000 tires recalled in '93
WASHINGTON-Fewer than 6,000 tires were recalled in 1993, according to a year-end report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This was about 2,000 fewer tires than were recalled in 1992, though both totals represent extremely low recall rates.
NHTSA reported only five tire recalls during 1993, involving a total of 5,961 tires. This included two recalls by Kelly-Springfield Tire Co., involving 2,548 tires; two by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., involving 2,163 tires; and one by Dunlop Tire Corp., involving 1,230 tires.
For 1992, the agency reported nine recalls totaling 8,081 tires, with Kelly accounting for about 85 percent of the total.
PB Group wants only one trade show
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Private Brand Tire Group favors one combined trade show for the tire industry, instead of the two held annually by the American Retreaders' Association and the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, respectively.
The group voted unanimously April 28-29 to encourage both associations to work toward combining their trade shows for the betterment of independent dealers and retreaders. Cost savings of having to attend and exhibit at only one show were among the reasons given.
The group will send letters to the NTDRA and ARA encouraging them to investigate the possibility of merging shows.
Health care proposal gets chamber frown
WASHINGTON-Jeffrey Joseph, vice president of domestic policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said he is unimpressed with the health care reform package proposed by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., even though it includes a partial exemption for small employers.
Mr. Kennedy's compromise, unveiled May 9, would exempt businesses with five or fewer employees and average wages of under $24,000 from paying the 80 percent of employee health care premiums required under President Clinton's plan. But those employers would have to pay a 2 percent payroll tax.
``The fact that legislators recognize the need for small-business exemptions in the first place is a telltale sign of the enormous burdens a health care mandate would place on businesses of any size,'' Mr. Joseph said.
Big O hires company for acquisition help
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-Big O Tires Inc. has retained the Los Angeles-based investment banking firm M. Kane & Co. Inc. to help evaluate new store acquisitions for the independent tire dealer's retail business.
``Our long-term growth depends on acquiring new stores, especially in the eastern United States,'' Big O President Steven P. Cloward said.
Big O currently has 370 stores in 18 states and 39 automotive associate dealers in British Columbia, Canada.
M. Kane & Co. has served as exclusive financial adviser to General Tire and structured the merger and capitalization of Parnelli Jones Inc. and Dob's Tire & Auto Centers.
Ky. senator stalling NHTSA appointment
WASHINGTON-Sen. Wendell Ford, D-Ky., has blocked approval of President Clinton's nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee was expected to recommend approval of Dr. Ricardo Martinez, a physician from Emory University in Atlanta, May 17.
Mr. Ford blocked a vote on Dr. Martinez by putting a ``hold'' on his nomination, a privilege not covered by formal Senate rules but generally granted by senators to one another.
The senator's office would not comment on the reasons for stalling the nomination, but Congressional sources said he is upset over administration attacks on the tobacco industry and the possibility of renewed campaigns against the liquor industry and drunk driving. Tobacco and liquor are two major industries in Kentucky. Mr. Ford also has been critical of the way the U.S. Department of Transportation has handled air traffic controllers.
The committee isn't expected to vote on Dr. Martinez's nomination until mid-June. NHTSA has been without a permanent administrator since January 1993.