NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-Floyd Ewton has become president and CEO of Lansdale & Carr's 4day Tire Stores and Macho Tire Co., replacing Don Carr, who died of leukemia July 16. Mr. Ewton also has been named presi-dent of Lansdale & Carr, the holding company for the two tire operations. He previously served as executive vice president and CFO of that company and 4day.
Parkhouse lands deal with Disney
BELL GARDENS, Calif.-Park-house Tire Service Inc. has landed a deal with Disneyland that has the Bandag dealer retreading tires for ``jeep-like'' vehicles in one of the theme park's attractions, according to Jim Parkhouse, owner of the Bell Gardens-based dealership.
Tests at the Anaheim, Calif., theme park have shown that the retreads will last longer than new tires, Mr. Parkhouse said.
Campbell makes early move to Dunlop helm
BUFFALO, N.Y.-Dunlop Tire Corp. has promoted P. David Campbell to president and CEO, six months prior to his scheduled succession of P.K. Fujita.
Earlier this year, Mr. Fujita announced he will return to Japan sometime in 1996, at which time Mr. Campbell, Dunlop's senior executive vice president, would take the reins of the tire maker.
The Dunlop board's Aug. 10 decision to promote Mr. Campbell early ``is seen as a strong vote of confidence,'' Dunlop said. The board appointed Mr. Fujita to serve as chairman of the board until his departure.
NTDRA to cinsider commercial credit
WASHINGTON-More than 3,000 National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association members have been sent surveys to examine the need for a commercial tire credit card and a commercial debt collection and recovery service.
If members indicate a need, the NTDRA said it would design a credit card to enable commercial customers, such as truckers, fleets, farmers etc., to purchase any product or service sold by an NTDRA member.
The debt recovery service would assist dealers in collecting problem or delinquent accounts on a contingency-based rate.
BFS to offer advanced seminar on fleet sales
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridge-stone/Firestone Inc. will add an advanced workshop to its Commercial Tire Consultant Seminar program this fall to help dealers obtain ``sole supplier status'' with their fleet customers, the company said.
The program, which debuted in 1993, focuses on improving productivity, making presentations, managing fleet accounts and other sales issues.
NHTSA extends time for grading remarks
WASHINGTON-The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration extended to Sept. 1 the comment period on its tire rolling resistance grading proposal.
The previous deadline, Aug. 14, was an extension of the original July 24 closing date. The agency granted the latest extension to allow rebuttals to oral testimony at a July 28 hearing.
NHTSA's proposal involves replacing the current temperature resistance grade of the Uniform Tire Quality Grading System with a rolling resistance grade.
Author to host panel at NTDRA convention
WASHINGTON-Jeanne Smalling Archer, co-author of Up Against the Wal-Marts: How Your Business Can Prosper in the Shadow of the Retail Giants, will lead a panel discussion of dealers that examines ``Gaining a Competitive Edge: Marketing Automotive Service Effectively,'' during the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention in New Orleans, Oct. 14.
The panel will include: Barry Steinberg of Direct Tire Sales; John Mayo of Lex Brodie's Tire Co.; and Richard J. Erickson of Sun Tire Services.