WASHINGTON-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association is expecting about 50 product introductions and 30 new exhibitors, including General Motors Corp.'s GMC Truck Division, at its 74th Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Dallas Convention Center, Sept. 8-11. The NTDRA also is debuting a special ``trade show only'' registration fee of $15 for tire dealers and other tire/auto service retailers; $75 for industry suppliers.
The show will include more than 230 exhibitors and a New Product Showcase featuring products, equipment and supplies introduced since May 1.
Ex-Goodyear exec. to head Borg-Warner
CHICAGO-John F. Fiedler, who abruptly resigned May 13 as Goodyear's executive vice president of North American Tire, joined Borg-Warner Automotive Inc. of Chicago June 14 as its new president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Fiedler, who served nearly 30 years with Goodyear, most recently as head of North American tire operations, succeeds Siegfried Adler, who stepped down as Borg-Warner's president in January due to ill health.
Borg-Warner Automotive, which posted sales of $985.4 million last year, is a supplier of engineered components and systems, primarily for automotive drivetrain applications. It operates plants in nine countries and serves the North American, European and Asian markets.
Dunlop Tire opens warehouse in Atlanta
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Dunlop Tire Corp. has opened a new distribution center in suburban Atlanta to improve the delivery and distribution of Dunlop tires in the Southeast and stock a greater concentration of product in that region, the company said.
The address for the new warehouse is: 1122 Milledge St., East Point, Ga. 30344.
Dunlop operates five other warehouses in Kansas City, Mo.; Shelby, Ohio; Fresno, Calif.; and Rotterdam and Buffalo, N.Y., and plans to open a seventh in California later this year.
Goodyear-URW pact still under resignation
AKRON-United Rubber Workers negotiators are conferring with their locals on ways to approve a contract following a brief meeting with Goodyear June 16 in Akron.
Union members have twice turned down a tentative agreement covering 12,000 Goodyear employees at plants in seven states. The agreement originally was considered to be the ``master'' contract with which URW negotiators would pattern contracts with the other major tire makers.
URW members have continued to work on a day-to-day basis since the expiration of their contract April 23.
Conti expects boost in '94 sales, income
HANNOVER, Germany-Continental A.G. expects to moderately increase sales and earnings and cut subsidiary General Tire's operating losses in 1994, the company said during its annual shareholders meeting, June 8.
With 6-percent growth in sales to $1.9 billion for the first four months of 1994, Conti expects to rack up sales of just under $6 billion for the full year, compared with $5.7 billion in 1993, and post slightly better earnings than last year's $44.8 million.
Stressing that General Tire is still an important part of the corporation, Continental said more integration is needed between the Conti and its U.S. unit but that General's passenger tire division is expected to cut operating losses and ``resume the positive trend of 1992.''
Goodyear Canada lets Big O use warehouses
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-Goodyear Canada is allowing Big O Tires Inc. to use its warehouses for distribution of the franchiser's tires in British Columbia.
Goodyear's Vancouver, British Columbia-based warehouse will supply all 39 Canadian dealers who sell Big O's tires, which are manufactured by Goodyear's Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. subsidiary, a Big O spokeswoman said. The agreement could be extended to other warehouses in the future, she said.
None of the Canadian dealers are Big O franchise locations.
The Englewood-based franchiser will take a percentage of sales on the tires moving through the warehouses.
Heafner among top women-owned firms
WASHINGTON-Ann Gaither, CEO and chairman of J.H. Heafner Co. Inc., has been included on the 1994 list of the Top 50 Women Business Owners compiled by Working Woman Magazine and the National Foundation for Women Business Owners.
Ms. Gaither's $160 million tire company in Lincolnton, N.C., employs more than 430 people. The median annual sales of the 50 companies was just under $200 million but only three had revenues below $100 million.