GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin North America's Radial XSE technology for reducing a tire's rolling resistance while improving wet traction has received Popular Science magazine's ``Best of What's New'' award for 1994. The tire maker was one of 10 award recipients Nov. 9 in the Automotive Technology category.
Michelin said Radial XSE technology lowers a tire's rolling resistance by as much as 35 percent, reducing fuel consumption by 5 percent or more.
Video offers help with OHSA visit
WASHINGTON-The Rubber Manufacturers Association is offering a video to help manufacturing plants prepare for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection.
The 20-minute video, ``The Anatomy of an OSHA Inspection,'' discusses the steps of an OSHA inspection, what documents should be kept on file and the types of OSHA violations and penalties.
The video costs $49.95 for members. A package including the video and an OSHA information packet costs $69.95. To order, send a check to the RMA, 1400 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 682-4835.
Wheel weight firm expands plant
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Buffalo Manufacturing Inc., a maker of automotive wheel weights and related products, has plans to expand its Buffalo production plant and warehouse by 10,000 square feet, co-owner Sam Solomon said.
The company said it also is upgrading production equipment to digitally report to its headquarters, allowing managers better control over production schedules.
Bridgestone unit to build cord plant
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone Metalpha Corp., a Bridgestone Corp. subsidiary, is planning to build a $130 million steel cord plant in Clarksville, Tenn.
The new unit will supply the high-grade steel cord to its principal North American customer, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., which uses the product as a reinforcement material for its radial tires. Currently BFS imports its steel cord from Bridgestone Metalpha's factory in Japan.
Construction of the 500,000-sq.-ft. factory is to begin in December, Bridgestone Metalpha said.
Bridgestone Metalpha is 51 percent-owned by Bridgestone Corp.
Hawkinson rep gets TMC award
ALEXANDRIA, Va.-Hawkinson Companies sales representative Oliver ``Ollie'' Knight received The Maintenance Council's ``Silver Spark Plug'' award for service to the trucking industry Oct. 12.
The Silver Spark Plug is given annually to five or fewer individuals who have, among other qualifications, donated five years of service to TMC and posed new ideas in commercial vehicle maintenance.
Mr. Knight has been the secretary to the TMC's tire and wheel study group for seven years.