In light of the upcoming National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's annual trade show and convention, and the mega Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA/AI) show in October, we wondered just how advantageous those venues are for exhibitors. A recent conversation with a 30-year tire industry veteran provided some food for thought. He was doing some real soul searching about the merits of again doing the trade show scene this year. After lackluster results produced by exhibiting his company's wares at last year's SEMA/AI, he said he put a pencil to figuring out, given the time available, just what it would take a showgoer to visit every display at the giant show.
He found a person could spend a whopping 22 seconds at each booth!
Of course, no allowances were made for extra time spent ogling pretty models. Uh, car models, that is.
Ah, the age-old debate about what's in a name. Apparently a lot, monetarily speaking, despite some painful memories.
Remember, this is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan in World War II. A recent radio report on those events cited the irony in the fact there's actually a brand of Japanese shoes called ``A-Bomb.''
The company that markets the upscale women's shoes, which go for about $140 a pair, reportedly wanted an ``explosive'' name to bring attention to its product.
And the kicker is, the shoes are hot sellers and few Japanese seem to have a problem with the name. You figure.
To help feed the hungry of the Akron and Canton, Ohio, communities, employees of Continental General Tire Inc. recently held a ``You CAN Do It'' food drive (at left) in conjunction with a regional food bank's ``Harvest for Hunger'' campaign.
The food collection netted some 900 canned goods and other nonperishable items.
The tire industry had its most protracted labor disputes ever this year when workers in factories operated by Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp. went on strike.
Back in 1937, here's how an early sit-down strike at an unnamed Indiana factory was settled quickly. The source is Tire Talk, the Indiana Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association newsletter:
The head of a small company told strikers they might as well be comfortable, so he provided them with blankets and cases of brandy. When the brandy was half-consumed, the boss sent in 10 young women to entertain the sit-downers.
Then he brought over the strikers' wives so they could see how comfortable their husbands were.
What do you think happened next?
The enemy is us
So you think the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) usually nabs the ``little guy,'' and should pick on someone its own size for a change?
In Yuma, Ariz., the agency cited a desalination plant on the Colorado River for improper storage of chemicals. Well. . . as the immortal Gomer Pyle always used to say, ``Surprise, surprise.''
The facility, according to National Public Radio, is operated by none other than the federal government's own Department of the Interior. The EPA was planning to fine the plant.
Out of one pocket and into the other.
Check weapons at door
Though, thankfully, no one got killed in either instance, the recent stories of another U.S. Postal Service laborer opening fire on fellow workers in a post office-as well as a Pirelli Armstrong Tire Corp. employee charged with doing the same in the firm's Hanford, Calif., tire plant-are nonetheless tragic.
Months prior to the latest post office incident, the service reportedly issued a new rule prohibiting employees from bringing firearms and other weaponry to work. (Management reserves the right to confiscate your bullets at the door?)
When companies have to set employee policies like that, we're in big, big trouble.