OKLAHOMA CITY-Tom Hawthorne, a United Rubber Workers Local 998 benefits representative, has been identified among the victims of the April 19 bombing of the Alfred Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City. At the time of the blast, he was visiting the Social Security office there on behalf of the local union membership, the URW said.
Mr. Hawthorne, 53, worked at Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s Dayton Tire Co. plant in Oklahoma City. He leaves a wife and three children.
Meanwhile, Bridgestone/Firestone, on behalf of its Dayton Tire division and employees in Oklahoma City, is donating $100,000 to the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.
BFS said the donation will be used to rebuild the YMCA children's daycare center, previously located across from the destroyed federal building.
Clinton signs law on health insurance
WASHINGTON-President Clinton, April 11, signed a law establishing the 25-percent health insurance deduction for the self-employed and raising that deduction to 30 percent for all subsequent years. The Internal Revenue Service issued a release informing self-employed taxpayers of the new law.
Schwarzkopf to speak at NTDRA dinner
WASHINGTON-Retired Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf will be the principal speaker at the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's 75th Anniver-sary Dinner, Oct. 12 in New Orleans. The NTDRA's convention is Oct. 12-14.
He coordinated the Allied forces as commander-in-chief of both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 to August 1991, when he retired from military service.Bridge-stone/Firestone Inc. has produced an educational video on reducing irregular tire wear on truck tires, the third in a series of videos on tire maintenance and service topics for the trucking industry.
The video seeks to help dealers become ``value-added consul-tants'' to fleet customers by helping them identify the causes of irregular wear, BFS said.
``The whole intent of our video series is to enable tire dealers to help their fleet customers save money through total proper tire and vehicle maintenance,'' said Ken Ball, BFS senior manager of engineering. ``If fleets follow the recommended steps in these videos, their savings will be enormous, and the tire dealer will have strengthened his relationship with his fleet customers.''
BFS produces video on truck tire wear
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.-Henry Umegaki, former president of Falken Tire Corp., has become executive director of Falken's Osaka, Japan-based parent, Ohtsu Tire & Rubber Co. He will be responsible for all overseas operations.
Nick Tajima, former senior vice president of Falken, replaces Mr. Umegaki as president. Frank Dorso, previously Falken vice president of sales and marketing, has become senior vice president and a director. He will continue to direct Falken's sales and marketing efforts.
In other moves, Controller Roy Dickinson has been promoted to controller and secretary, while Ken Shimizu has been appointed technical field service manager.
Humanitarian award deadline is May 31
AKRON-Nominations are being accepted until May 31 for TIRE BUSINESS' second annual Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award, which honors an independent dealer or retreader who has made a difference in his or her community.
The winner will receive a medal and a $1,000 donation to a designated charity and will be honored during the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention, Oct. 12-14, in New Orleans.
A nomination form is included on the back page of this issue.