JOLIETTE, Quebec-Union workers at Bridgestone/Firestone Canada Inc.'s Joliette plant-members of the Confederation of National Syndicates-have been on strike since Aug. 23 and there are few signs of an agreement anytime soon. The factory, which primarily makes passenger tires for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp., has been in limited production since the walkout using salaried workers, a BFS spokesman said.
The president of the union local, Jim Bourret, said about 100 office workers at the plant ``are producing 2,000 tires a day on 12-hour shifts,'' down from 15,000 a day before the strike.
BFS is offsetting the lost production by using a number of plants as alternative sources of supply, the company spokesman said.
According to Mr. Bourret, the union's proposals include increasing wages-currently averaging $13.50 an hour-3.5 percent; and boosting the pension plan to $22.50 from about $17.50 per month per year of service.
In addition, Mr. Bourret said, the union local is adamantly against BFS' proposal to consolidate job classifications and tie in the workers' cost-of-living adjustment to productivity rates.
He said a major issue of contention is that the company has yet to outline the details for its proposed wages, pensions and new productivity rates.
``They leave us in the fog as to many of the demands they have,'' he said. ``So it is very menacing for us to sign a contract like this without knowing what we are getting into. That's why we went on strike.''
OE contracts fuel Titan's growth
QUINCY, Ill.-Titan Wheel International Inc. has begun a multi-year supply agreement with New Holland North America Inc., whereby Titan will be the exclusive supplier of tires and wheels for New Holland's line of under-40-horsepower compact utility tractors.
Titan also said it recently completed a deal to produce tires for similar compact utility tractors made by Deere & Co. and expects to report record profits for the third quarter, ended Sept. 30.
Titan declined to put a precise dollar value on the contacts, but said both were multimillion-dollar deals. These small, lower horsepower tractors are the fastest-growing farm tractor segment in the U.S., Titan said.
Oliver profitable but parent in red
DEARBORN, Mich.-Standard Products Co. posted a net loss of $9.78 million for the first quarter of its 1996 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, though the company said its tread rubber and retreading equipment subsidiary, Oliver Rubber Co., completed the quarter in the black.
The company did not break out Oliver's results.
Sales for the three months climbed 8.1 percent to $238.7 million from $220.9 million the previous year, when net income for the quarter was $2.9 million.
Kelly tire plant to generate power
CUMBERLAND, Md.-Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. will invest $10 million in an on-site co-generation system at its farm tire plant in Freeport, Ill.
The project will include construction of a 7,000-sq.-ft. addition to the plant's power house where three gas-fired turbines will be installed late next year, the Goodyear subsidiary said.
The system, to be installed by Solar Turbines Co., a San Diego-based unit of Caterpillar Inc., will furnish up to 90 percent of the plant's electricity requirements and also will provide steam that will be used in the facility's manufacturing processes.
The project is intended to save energy costs, according to Don Tusher, manager of the Freeport plant. ``Since gas prices are more competitive (than electricity), and since we can lock in prices for a much longer period of time, this makes economic sense,'' he said.
The following companies and/or facilities have met ISO 9000 international quality standards, as established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO):
Continental General Tire's passenger/light truck division, including the Charlotte, N.C., tire plant-ISO 9001; CGT's off-the-road plant in Bryan, Ohio-part of its commercial division-was certified in March;
Goodyear's tire plant in Lawton, Okla.-ISO 9002;
Hayes Wheels International Co.'s manufacturing facility in Gainesville, Ga.-ISO 9001; and
Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.'s tire group, including its tire plants in Shinshiro and Onomichi, Japan-ISO 9001.
Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Manufacturing's Kitchener, Ontario, plant has won a Gold Pentastar Award from Chrysler Corp. for ``superior performance.''
Michelin North America received a supplier award for outstanding achievement in both quality and delivery from Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.
Yokohama Tire Corp. received a Certificate of Achievement from Toyota Motor Manufacturing USA Inc. in recognition of its delivery performance in 1994.