LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Without getting into specifics, Paul Bobzin, president of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, called a Dec. 6-7 meeting between the American Retreaders Association and NTDRA delegates ``positive.'' According to a joint news release, extensive discussions involved a possible combined industry trade show, including locations, dates and agendas for such an event, and various member benefits that may be enhanced by the two associations pooling their efforts.
While more discussions between the associations are anticipated, Mr. Bobzin said no dates had been set.
CGT sales executive, McCarthy, to retire
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Continental General Tire's senior vice president of sales and marketing, Joseph J. McCarthy, will retire March 1 after nearly four decades with the tire company.
Christopher Dickson, vice president of replacement sales, will assume Mr. McCarthy's duties under the new title of vice president, replacement sales and marketing and will be responsible for replace-ment, private brand, export and two-wheel sales.
Mr. McCar-thy began his career in 1944 working in his father's tire dealership before joining General Tire as a territory salesman in 1959.
3 Safe Tire managers sentenced to prison
BEAUMONT, Texas-A U.S. District Court judge sentenced three Safe Tire Disposal Corp. managers on Dec. 7 to two years in federal prison and fined each $10,000 for conspiring to defraud the state out of an estimated $700,000 in scrap tire recycling reimbursements.
The three men-General Manager William Stevens, Plant Manager Michael D. Riley and Transportation Manager Johnny ``Keith'' Hallum-were convicted in August for mail and wire fraud in a scheme to falsify ``daily tire receipts'' that reported an enlarged amount of tire shreds processed at Safe Tire's Cleveland, Texas, plant.
Michelin buys stake in Polish tire maker
WARSAW, Poland-Poland's drive toward privatization has lured a second major tire manufacturer. Groupe Michelin has acquired a 52-percent share in Stomil-Olsztyn S.A. for $112 million and plans to invest $150 million over the next four years to modernize the firm's tire plant in Olsztyn, Poland.
The agreement comes on the heels of Goodyear's deal to acquire a majority interest in Poland's TC Debica S.A.
Stomil-Olsztyn produces passenger, forestry, farm, truck and bus tires.
Michelin said it has no immediate plans to produce tires under its own name at the Polish plant.
RPN names Gault 'Exec of the Year'
AKRON-A fresh perspective, good people skills-and a penchant for turning around large struggling companies-has earned Stanley Gault Rubber & Plastics News' ``Executive of the Year'' title for the second time.
The retiring Goodyear chairman and former CEO became the first person to win the distinction twice, having taken the honor in 1990, when Mr. Gault served as chairman of Rubbermaid Inc.
And 50 years ago. . .
As Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary last year of the end of World War II, the tire industry also had a special event to remember. Effective Jan. 1, 1946, the Office of Price Administration announced the end of tire rationing.