PROSPECT, Ky.-A meeting to explore reviving the O.K. Tire Dealers group in the U.S. will take place before the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's convention and trade show in Dallas, Sept. 8. John Wagner-whose company, Prospect-based Tire Marketing Service, has been spearheading the drive to re-establish the group-said ``the interest is very much alive.''
An initial planning meeting from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Houston Room of the Southland Center Hotel in Dallas, will be followed by a 1:30 p.m. press conference.
The meeting agenda includes presentations on O.K. Tire history and programs for growth in the U.S. and joint ventures with Canada.
NTDRA to induct 5 into hall of fame
WASHINGTON-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association will induct five industry leaders into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame during its annual trade show and convention in Dallas, Sept. 8-11.
TBC Corp. Chairman Marvin E. Bruce; Robert F. Gatzke, a founding partner of Parnelli Jones Inc.; Barry Bennett Garfield, creator of eight tire publications including Tire Guide and Tread Design Guide; Herman K. Hochschwender, chairman and CEO of Smithers Scientific Services; and former Big O Tire Dealers Inc. President and Chairman William B. Thomas officially will be inducted during the NTDRA awards dinner Sept. 8.
General Tire to sell Conti industrial tires
AKRON-General Tire will market Continental brand radial pneumatic and solid industrial tires in the U.S.
Through a ``select number'' of dealers, General will market its parent company's IC70 and IC80 pneumatic radials and SuperElastic and SuperClean solid tires, the company said.
Western Auto opens concept store in Pa.
ALTOONA, Pa.-Western Auto Supply Co. began testing a tires-and-batteries-only concept store in Altoona on April 17.
Called Tiresource, the outlet is in a smaller market and provides less automotive service than the company's other outlets, including those under the Western Auto, Tire America and National Tire Warehouse banners, according to Wayne Johnston, Western Auto director of franchise operations.
The outlet performs tire installation, balancing and alignment; shock/strut replacement; suspension and brake repair; battery, starter and alternator work; and oil changes.
Mr. Johnston said the company will evaluate the store for a year before deciding on opening additional Tiresource outlets.
2 BFS plantscited by Tennessee OSHA
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Tennessee's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued safety citations at Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s two Tennessee tire plants, seeking fines totalling $218,000.
Tennessee OSHA issued one citation July 11 covering three violations allegedly found during a May inspection at BFS's La Vergne plant. The agency alleges BFS willfully did not follow federal lockout/tagout standards that insure machinery is disconnected before any repair, maintenance or servicing begins.
The agency also issued a citation July 12 at the Warren County plant relating to training and the use of machine guards.
Neither case involved injuries.
BFS is appealing a previous U.S. Department of Labor citation seeking $7.5 million in fines for alleged violations at its Oklahoma City plant that led to a worker's death.
Iowa Mold Tooling taps Long president
GARNER, Iowa-Iowa Mold Tooling named Richard Long as its president starting Aug. 1.
Previously president of Walter Norris Co. of Rosemont, Ill., a firm specializing in fluid power, filtration and automation, Mr. Long succeeds Rick Horn, who had served as IMT president on an interim basis since 1991. Mr. Horn is leaving IMT to pursue other interests.
CEO Jacques R. Sardas said Mr. Long will help IMT focus on improving its operations.
Specialty Tire plans to build second plant
GREENSBURG, Pa.-Polymer Enterprises Inc. is looking to build a second plant for its Specialty Tires of America Inc. subsidiary in the South.
Reports that the plant will be located in Rowan County, N.C., are premature, said President Don Mateer, as the company has not finalized its selection. The plant will have a start-up capacity of 200,000 bias-ply tires a year beginning in early 1996 if the firm can purchase a building site by this fall, he said.
The firm dropped ideas of expanding in Pennsylvania after having disagreements with local officials regarding a plant in Indiana, Pa., Mr. Mateer said.