AKRON-General Tire dealers who service national accounts now have access to an electronic billing system called Data Link. Data Link allows dealers to receive overnight credit for national accounts after they enter transactions on their personal computers. Customers are invoiced at the same time. The information then is transmitted to General's computer in Akron via modem.
The tire maker said it developed the system in response to dealer requests for a computer-to-computer billing system that would cut the amount of paperwork and processing time involved with national accounts.
Va. to forgive back taxes on scrap fees
RICHMOND, Va.-The Virginia Department of Taxation has ruled that scrap tire disposal fees collected by tire dealers are subject to the state's 4.5-percent sales tax. But the state will forgive back taxes, penalties and other fees for dealers who have failed to collect the sales tax.
The ruling was made at the request of the Virginia Tire & Automotive Service Dealers Association after several dealers were audited and faced penalties for not collecting sales tax on the non-obligatory tire disposal fee they charged their customers.
The association claimed many dealers were unfamiliar with the tax requirement and have not been collecting the sales tax.
The state is expected to set a date in October when all dealers are expected to be in compliance and collecting the additional sales tax.
Laramie will open distribution center
NORRISTOWN, Pa.-Laramie Tire Distributors Inc. will open a regional distribution center in Rockford, Ill., Oct. 3.
The 13,300-sq.-ft. office and warehouse will service the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan markets as well as an area within a 120-mile radius of Rockford. Laramie said deliveries could begin Sept. 26.
Kurt Steger, previously sales manager at another distributor, has joined Laramie as the center's regional sales manager.
ARA, TRIB produce public sevice video
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders' Association and the Tire Retread Information Bureau have jointly released a5 1/2-minute public service video called ``Dispelling Myths about Rubber on the Road.''
The video features footage of a semi-trailer tire disintegrating during highway usage to demon-strate poor maintenance and misapplication can cause any type of tire to fail, the ARA said.
Available through TRIB, the video is free to government agencies, public and private schools, trucking companies, public utilities, service bureaus, civic clubs and TRIB members. Others can purchase the video for $15 by calling TRIB at (408) 372-1917 or the ARA at (800) 426-8835 or (502) 968-8900.
Sumitomo to release light-weight tire
FRANKFURT, Germany-Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. will launch a performance tire in Germany that features aramid-fiber belts and beads said to be 30 percent lighter than comparable steel-belted tires.
The company said it has been working on the concept for several years, initially in response to original equipment demands for weight reduction and more recently as a means to reduce rolling resistance.
The tires were developed and will be produced at SP Reifenwerke GmbH.'s Hanau, Germany, plant. It is not clear when the tire will be released, but the company has scheduled a Sept. 8 press conference to discuss the technology.
Big O Tires guards against takeovers
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-Big O Tires Inc. approved a stockholder rights plan to discourage hostile takeover attempts.
Under the plan, stockholders of record by Sept. 12 have the right to purchase steeply discounted stock should a person or group not approved by the board gain at least 15-percent control of Big O.
Big O said the plan was not adopted in response to an offer to acquire control of the company.
``What it will do is encourage any party seeking control to negotiate with the board before making an investment,'' said Big O Chairman John Siipola.