FONTANA, Calif.-In a move to enhance communication and service to dealers, Kumho U.S.A. Inc. has restructured its nationwide sales organ-ization, eliminating division sales offices in lieu of a national marketing and sales manager who will oversee all Kumho regional sales managers. Former Illinois regional sales manager Dave Hudrlik assumed the newly created marketing and sales position on Jan. 1, according to Kumho. The Illinois sales position has yet to be filled, a spokesman said.
Kumho said dealers still will be served from its three major warehouses in Memphis, Tenn., Dayton, N.J., and Fontana.
Kelly slates series of dealer meetings
CUMBERLAND, Md.-Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. will host a series of four one-day regional meetings, in lieu of a single nationwide dealer meeting, to discuss developments for 1996, introduce new products and update dealers on the various Kelly Brands Division business segments and programs.
The meetings will be held Jan. 23 in Dallas, Jan. 25 in San Francisco, Jan. 30 in Baltimore and Feb. 1 in Atlanta.
Wheeltech strikes lawn & garden deal
WATERLOO, Ontario-City Machine & Wheel Co. of Stow, Ohio, will manufacture all lawn and garden wheels for Wheeltech North America Inc. under a new strategic alliance, according to Wheeltech's Waterloo-based parent, Electra Group International Inc.
Under the agreement, Wheeltech will handle the tire sourcing, assembly and distribution of the product line, which primarily will be marketed under the Electra brand name.
Wheeltech, which used to make its own wheels, said it intends to expand its distribution throughout its current market with City Machine's expanded wheel manufacturing capabilities.
Trucking book tags 4 tires as year's best
IRVINE, Calif.-Heavy Duty Trucking has included four truck tires in its new ``Nifty Fifty'' list of the most significant new products in the trucking industry last year.
In its first edition of the annual award, the Irvine-based publication named the Michelin XZA2/XDA2 low-rolling resistance truck tires, Goodyear's G357 steer tire, Yokohama's Maximized Conservation Concept series and the Kumho 948 drive tire among the 50 new industry products considered most valuable to the user.
CGT recalls 2,000 tires with thin liners
WASHINGTON-Continental General Tire has recalled 2,016 General AmeriÃSteel 12R22.5 LRH and AmeriÃLug 12R22.5 LRH radial tires for having a thinner-than-specified inner liner.
The thinner liners can cause tread separation, according to CGT. Drivers may be warned of the separation by increasing vibrations, a thumping sensation or both, the company said.
The tires in question were manufactured between the 13th and 17th weeks of 1995.
Schrader nets honor for remote tire gauge
PARIS-Schrader Inc. received the gold medal for product innovation at the 1995 Equip Auto Show in Paris in November for its Remote Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
The radio frequency-based system has an electronic module in the base of a tire valve that transmits real-time tire pressure via the valve stem, which acts as an antenna, to a receiver located in the dashboard of the vehicle.
Ex-Goodyear CEO to head Roadway
AKRON-Former Goodyear Chairman and CEO Robert E. Mercer will serve as the new chairman of Roadway Express Inc. in Akron.
Roadway Express was spun off from its parent, Roadway Services Inc., in January. The long-haul trucking company elected Mr. Mercer, 70, chairman during its first board meeting Jan. 10.
While at the helm of Goodyear, Mr. Mercer fended off a takeover attempt by corporate raider Sir James Goldsmith in 1986.
Lower discount rate boosts Money Express
WASHINGTON-A reduced discount rate of 0.96 percent through 1996 and a major publicity campaign involving NASCAR champion Richard Petty has generated a record number of Money Express credit card inquiries, according to the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, which received 80 requests for the sign-up kit.