LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders' Association's effort to promote retreads to municipal fleets has resulted in interest from 102 cities in 35 states across the country, according to ARA Executive Director Marvin Bozarth. Twenty-three of the responding cities, which include Akron, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis and San Diego, also have completed and returned an ARA survey of their vehicle fleets.
Free retreads are being provided to interested cities by local retreaders and their tread rubber manufacturers.
Dunlop ranked 10th in retreadability
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Due to an unintentional oversight, votes cast in favor of the Dunlop brand were not included in the earlier-announced results of the American Retreaders' Association's 1994 tire retreadability survey, the association recently disclosed.
ARA said revised tallies place Dunlop 10th in the category in which retreaders listed their ``first choice'' in terms of retreadability.
The Dunlop brand also ranked eighth among trucking companies and seventh among retreaders in another category in which survey participants were asked to rate brands either as ``Good, Above Average or Average.''
Tire accident injures 20-year-old employee
BELMOND, Iowa-The son of an Iowa tire dealer remains in Iowa Methodist Hospital after waking from a coma he fell into following a tire explosion.
Danny Lieberknecht, 21, was inflating a heavy-equipment tire May 31 when the tire exploded. Dave Lieberknecht, Danny's father, employer and owner of Lieberknecht O.K. Tire in Belmond, said he does not know why the tire failed, sending his son into a two-week-long coma.
Doctors are unsure how long Danny will remain in the hospital for rehabilitation, his father said.
NTDRA, Laramie join to enlist membership
WASHINGTON-More than 150 dealers have joined the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association as a result of a joint membership drive with Laramie Tire Distributors.
The total number of new members could climb to 200 by the NTDRA's convention and trade show in Dallas, Sept. 8, the association said.
As part of the drive, the Norristown, Pa.-based private brander highlighted the NTDRA's Money Express credit card and Express Line credit programs in communications with its 700 dealers over the past two months.
Discount Tire begins mail order business
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-Discount Tire Co. Inc. began selling tires and wheels through mail order April 1.
The company, which owns 263 outlets in nine western states plus Michigan, Indiana and Florida, is advertising at least some of its tire lines through magazines and its own catalog, according to Bruce Halle, president of the Scottsdale-based retailer.
Mr. Halle declined to discuss further details of the new venture but said the company intends its mail order business to be a ``long-term'' project.
General, Dunlop OE on new Mercedes
AKRON-General Tire and Dunlop Tire Corp. will supply Mercedes-Benz with original equipment tires for the automaker's new all-activity vehicle, slated for production in 1997.
General said it will produce the tires at its Mount Vernon, Ill., plant, while Dunlop will manufacture its version at its Huntsville, Ala., facility.
Mercedes said 60,000-70,000 of the all-activity vehicles will be produced each year, half of which will be sold in the U.S.
Kellly no longer sold through Kmart
CUMBERLAND, Md.-Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. has confirmed it is no longer distributing Kelly-brand passenger or light truck tires through Kmart Inc. stores.
The Cumberland-based tire manufacturer, which began selling its tires through Kmart in June of 1992, said the arrangement was no longer working because of different marketing directions the two firms have taken.
Wheel manufacturer named for Twin Tire
VANCOUVER, British Columbia-ATS Wheel Inc. has awarded the first manufacturing contract for its Twin Tire system alloy wheels to Prime Wheel of Harbor City, Calif.
The Twin Tire system fits two separate tires on one rim, thereby decreasing the chance of accidents due to flats and hydroplaning, ATS Wheel said.
Richard Miesen, president and CEO of the Vancouver-based firm's U.S. subsidiary, Twin Tires U.S.A. Inc., said he plans to announce the first of the tire's manufacturers during the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention and trade show in Dallas, Sept. 8-11.