DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will be among the newcomers at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association/Automotive International Association Show, to be held Oct. 23-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA announced. The Findlay, Ohio, tire manufacturer will be displaying its products in a 900-sq.-ft. booth, the association said.
SEMA said it expects to break all-time records for the number of booths and exhibitors, set last year, with this year's show. Last year the show attracted 3,460 booths and 1,135 exhibitors, the association reported in the June 1995 issue of its SEMA News newsletter.
BFS reports tire production gains
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Since hiring replacement workers in January and implementing continuous operations, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. said it has boosted production 10-15 percent at three tire plants where union workers walked off the job last July 12.
A company spokesman said BFS has hiked output at its Oklahoma City factory about 14 percent and has made similar gains at plants in Des Moines, Iowa, and Decatur, Ill., though he declined to release any figures.
Under the new work schedule, the plants operate around-the-clock, seven days a week with 12-hour shifts. The prestrike schedule was three eight-hour shifts daily, Monday through Friday.
However, at least one union official said the tire maker has exaggerated its production gains and that output at the three facilities actually is below prestrike levels.
``They set what they consider a record last week: 6,200 tires in a 12-hour shift,'' said Roger L. Gates president of the union local at the Decatur plant. ``We were doing 8,000 in an eight-hour shift.''
Unionizing vote count delayed
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia-The outcome of a unionization vote at three Michelin Tires (Canada) Inc. plants likely won't be revealed until mid-September, after the Nova Scotia Labor Relations Board completes hearings on the eligibility of about 200 voters.
The 200 workers in question perform administrative functions and shouldn't have been allowed to vote, according to the Canadian Auto Workers union, which organized the campaign. The union said it had applied to represent production workers only.
Michelin claims the votes of all hourly workers-including the 200 at issue-should count.
This is the CAW's fourth attempt to organize the Michelin plants, which employ about 4,000.
Conti renews Mexican deal
HANNOVER, Germany-Continental AG said it has renewed its 2-year-old cooperative agreement with Mexico's Corporaci¢n Industrial Llantera S.A. de C.V. (CIL), a unit of Grupo Carso S.A. de C.V., ``well into'' the next decade.
CIL, better known as Euzkadi, makes that brand, as well as Continental and General brand tires, at its two plants in Mexico.
The new agreement includes the transfer of technology, as well as collaboration in marketing and distribution that will enhance the Continental brand's presence in Mexico through CIL's network of more than 1,000 retail stores.