BUFFALO, N.Y.-United Rubber Workers Local 135 has approved a new three-year contract with Dunlop Tire Corp. that includes several provisions for keeping Dunlop's Tonawanda, N.Y., plant open, the company said. The new pact, approved by a 620-344 vote Nov. 11, contains no general wage increase, but provides a cost-of-living allowance and the re-establish-ment of a bonus plan for achieving certain production levels.
Mediator little hilp in BFS labor dispute
AKRON-A federal mediator has so far failed to progress talks between the United Rubber Workers and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., as the firm said the union's latest offer represents no real change.
The URW's Bridgestone/Firestone bargaining policy committee submitted the proposal through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service after meeting Nov. 2-4 to discuss strategy regarding the four-month strike.
But the company quickly rejected the proposal, apparently without formally expressing their views to the URW.
Hoosier withdrawal ends race tire war
AKRON-Hoosier Racing Tire has exited NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series racing after a one-year stint, blaming high costs and tough competition. A lack of driver support also hurt the company.
The pullout cedes the race tire war to Goodyear, which faced its first competition in NASCAR racing since Hoosier entered and withdrew from the series in 1989.
Goodyear-shod vehicles won 28 Winston Cup races this season, while Hoosier won three. Hoosier also won a race in the Winston Select series.
Hoosier will remain in its core business of short-track racing, where Hoosier tires are used at more than half of the 800 racing facilities nationwide.
General to supply Conti tires to BMW
AKRON-General Tire's passenger tire plant in Charlotte, N.C., will supply Continental brand tires for BMW's new car plant in Spartanburg, S.C., General announced Nov. 17.
BMW chose the General plant after an extensive product quality, systems and facility audit. The Charlotte plant is General's largest passenger tire plant, producing more than 30,000 radial car tires a day.
Industry Week nets record attendance
LAS VEGAS-Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week drew a total of 58,281 attendees to Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4, a 9.2-percent increase from the 1993 show.
The annual event, which includes the SEMA/AI Show and the ASIA/MEMA/APAA Show, drew 2,387 exhibitors, an increase of 148 companies, and attracted 25,537 buyers, including 5,513 international buyers.
ACCC unveils new customer credit card
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-American Car Care Centers has revised and redesigned its ACCC Preferred Customer Credit Card program.
ACCC switched credit card companies, signing up First Data Retail Services Corp. of Omaha, Neb., to provide a credit program that offers such improvements as 90-days same-as-cash on all purchases anytime, electronic processing of transactions and a fixed 3.4-percent discount rate.