WASHINGTON-Under a new National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association program, members can get an 18-percent commission from pay phones installed at their tire dealerships. The NTDRA said there is no risk, no capital outlay and no time demands on dealerships involved in its ``Ring Up Profits'' program being administered by Communication Management Systems of Great Falls, Va.
``If a member has a few feet of unused space, they can have a new profit center, just by signing up for this new NTDRA membership service,'' said Philip Friedlander, association executive vice president.
Titan Wheel sets 1st quarter records
QUINCY, Ill.-Titan Wheel International set sales and earnings records for the first quarter, ended March 31.
The Quincy-based company attributed its performance to the ability to ``successfully integrate'' several 1994 acquisitions, including the Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp. plant in Des Moines, Iowa, renamed Titan Tire.
The firm's net income surged 143 percent to $9.3 million compared with the year-earlier period, as sales jumped 71.7 percent to $157.7 million.
Goodyear's Okla. plant helps bombing victims
AKRON-Goodyear's Lawton, Okla., tire plant delivered a large shipment of supplies to assist victims' families and the survivors of the April 19 terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City.
At the request of a local Goodyear dealer, the plant loaded a semi-trailer truck with clothing, safety gear, medical supplies and water containers for use in the recovery effort at the federal building bombing site. More than 3,000 toys, originally purchased for the plant's annual family Christmas party, were distributed to surviving children from the building's daycare center and children of victims.
The plant also established a disaster relief fund in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
Kwik-Fit chairman to address BIPAVER
BOLOGNA, Italy-Tom Farmer, chairman of the United Kingdom's largest independent tire retailer, Kwik-Fit Holdings P.L.C., will head a line-up of retailing experts discussing the evolution and future of tire retailing in Europe at a special BIPAVER conference May 26 in Bologna.
Scheduled to coincide with the May 24-27 ``Autopromotec'' tire and auto service and retreading trade show at the Bologna fairgrounds, the conference will look at tire distribution from the manufacturer's, independent's and co-operative's points of view, according to BIPAVER, the international federation of tire dealer and retreader associations.
Class 8 rings roaring to more record sales
DETROIT-The big, Class 8 rigs used to haul freight over long distances are off to a second straight year of record sales.
Makers of heavy-duty trucks anticipate that increases in the shipment of new cars, light trucks and auto components-which make up a huge share of the durable goods hauled annually in the U.S.-will continue to keep demand up for Class 8 models for the immediate future.
Automotive News reported last year's record sales boom has continued into 1995, and Class 8 makers project an increase of 3 percent for the year, to 191,500 units. Sales were up more than 27 percent through February.
Currently, Class 8 makers have a 10-month order backlog.
Court thwarts move to kill recycling pact
PHOENIX-Maricopa County's attempt to break off its contract with a tire recycling firm has been thwarted by federal Bankruptcy Court.
Last year Pacific Palisades, Calif.-based REPCO was awarded a contract to collect and recycle used tires for 13 Arizona counties after Colinas Tire Recovery Inc. experienced repeated delays and millions of tires backed up in collection bins. REPCO and Colinas plan to build a $3.5 million pyrolysis plant.
In March, the county tried to terminate REPCO's contract after the firm failed to secure an acceptable $2 million performance bond.
REPCO filed for protection against creditors under federal bankruptcy laws, listing the contract as its main asset and declaring all its assets frozen. A federal bankruptcy judge ordered the county to continue negotiating with REPCO if the company obtained the bond, which it has since secured.
Cooper Tire recalls Discoverer redials
WASHINGTON-Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has recalled 6,603 Cooper Discoverer Radial LT tires, size LT235/75R15, because of incorrect inflation pressure markings.
The Discoverer tires, which were manufactured between May and November 1994, have a maximum inflation pressure of 30 psi molded into the sidewall. The tire model's actual maximum pressure, however, is 50 psi.
This error could lead to serious underinflation, tread separation and tire failure, Cooper said.