PROSPECT, Ky.-Metro 25 Tire Co-op hired John Wagner as its president Nov. 1, a position that will focus on increasing the dealership cooperative's membership and building supplier programs, according to Metro 25 Chairman Duane Rao. Mr. Wagner, a tire retailing consultant and a former American Retreaders Association executive director, will operate out of his Tire Marketing Service office in Prospect.
The co-op's administrative services, including billing and collections, will continue to be handled at Mr. Rao's Metro 25 dealership in Detroit.
Superfund proposal offers relief to firms
WASHINGTON-Small busi-nesses will receive substantial breaks from Superfund liability under a proposed amendment to the House Superfund bill.
Large corporations will be forced to pay smaller companies' legal fees if they drag them unjustly into third-party Superfund liability lawsuits, the amendment states. The proposal also exempts firms that recycle used oil and batteries from Superfund liability-a boon to dealers with auto repair shops.
Shuttle conducts tire maintenance in space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-Even the Space Shuttle depends on properly inflated tires.
During a recent mission, the Columbia shuttle was flying with its tail pointed toward the Earth, leaving parts of the body in frigid darkness for long periods. To maintain proper pressure for its four landing gear tires, the pilot periodically aimed Columbia's underside toward the sun to warm up the gaseous nitrogen inside the tires.
Arson fire engulfs recycling plant tires
SHADYSIDE, Ohio-Three men face arson charges in connection with the Oct. 28 tire fire at E & T Recycling in Shadyside and a smaller fire the same day at Bellaire Tire's warehouse in Bellaire, Ohio.
The E & T fire-which lasted six hours and involved 20,000 tires-forced the evacuation of 200 nearby residents and closed a portion of a state highway, according to officials. Flares reportedly ignited the fires.
The second fire burned about 40 feet of roof on the dealership's warehouse and scorched a few dozen new tires inside.
Goodyear enhances emergency service
AKRON-Goodyear has selected a new firm, Green Flag USA, to handle the tire company's 1-800-TIRE-NET emergency roadside service for truckers.
Green Flag is expected to offer quicker response time and upgrade the program by offering light maintenance and tire-related repair work and a customer follow-up service to verify that the caller's needs are completely met, Goodyear said.
Green Flag also will offer a special credit line through a TIRE NET guarantee card for qualified customers.
BFS launches OTR newsletter, bulletin
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridge-stone/Firestone Off Road Tire Co., a division of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., has debuted its Overland newsletter and BFOR ``Technical Bulletin'' for dealers and end-users of its off-road tire products.
The quarterly newsletter includes feature articles on OTR customers and new BFS products and programs. The monthly bulletins will focus on specific technical issues.
Money Express task force spans ideas
DAYTON, Ohio-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and Bank One, Dayton, NA have formed a Money Express Task Force to bring greater effectiveness to the credit card program, the groups said.
The task force's 10 tire dealer members first met Oct. 14 during the NTDRA's convention in New Orleans.
``As a result of this initial meeting, Bank One is exploring new ways to communicate the program's benefits to the motoring public, make the credit application more user-friendly and provide increased marketing support during special promotions of automotive sales and services,'' Bank One said.
Crain's franchising journal alters name
CHICAGO-Franchise Buyer magazine, a Crain Communi-cations Inc. publication, will change its name to Franchise Times beginning with its January/February edition in order to more accurately reflect its readership, which includes owners as well as buyers of franchises.
TISC offers tire care information on-line
WASHINGTON-The Tire Industry Safety Council (TISC) has debuted an on-line service through the Internet and the World Wide Web to provide consumers with access to brochures, member tire company information and other automotive-related information.
The new service can be accessed at: http://www.tmn.com/tisc/index.html.