ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-Fire investigators are still determining the cause of a Dec. 3 blaze that claimed an 18,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and more than 6,000 new truck, tractor and car tires. Phoenix-based Brown Tire Co., which leased the warehouse, said its tire inventory was insured.
Owner John Gianatassio said he expects to establish another distribution center in New Mexico by the end of December.
About 42 firefighters battled the blaze for half a day. Fire officials estimated the total damage at $1.3 million.
AlliedSignal looks to get steel out of tires
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J.-AlliedSignal Inc. has received an undisclosed contract from the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop an ``environmentally friendly'' replacement for steel in tires, the company said.
The firm said it will try to develop the alternative using composites of elastic rubbers.
Thousands of tires burn at Shred Tech
NEW ORLEANS-Tens of thousands of scrap tires burned in a six-day blaze that began Nov. 27 at the defunct Shred Tech tire pile in New Orleans.
Fire officials estimate the site contained upwards of 800,000 tires, of which about 80,000 to 100,000 tires and an office trailer were involved in the fire.
Shred Tech shut down earlier this year and its owner, Alvin Jackson, is being sued by the city for operating an illegal dump. The trial is scheduled for January.
U.S. light truck sales continue to increase
DETROIT-The height of the light truck business in the U.S. could be determined in 1995, as manufacturers plan to continue to increase production on the popular vehicle buying segment, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Alex Trotman told Automotive News, a sister publication of TIRE BUSINESS.
Light truck sales are expected to account for 40 percent of the U.S. market by the end of 1994.
Pep Boys plans move into Motor City area
DETROIT-Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack Inc. plans to open 15 stores in the Detroit area within two years, Crain's Detroit Business, a TIRE BUSINESS sister publication, reported Nov. 14.
The Philadelphia-based automotive parts retailer, which operates about 400 stores in 28 states, expects to open its first two sites on Detroit's west side.
Monroe recalls struts made for Taurus/Sable
MONROE, Mich.-Tenneco Inc.'s Monroe Auto Equipment Co. unit is voluntarily recalling all replacement front struts made in 1994 at its Owen Sound, Ontario, plant for the 1986-1994 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable. The company said it will replace the struts free of charge.
A defective weld on some struts could cause a bracket used to connect the strut to the vehicle's sway bar to tear away from the strut body and possibly puncture a front tire, the company said.
Questions about the recall should be directed to Monroe between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST at (800) 521-6754.
Michelin to take part in 75th NTDRA show
WASHINGTON-Michelin North America will participate in the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's 75th Annual Convention and Trade show in New Orleans, Oct. 12-14.
Michelin's convention activities will include a multi-brand booth on the trade show floor and a special dealer reception commemorating the tire maker's 20th year of manufacturing tires in the U.S., the NTDRA said.