LAS VEGAS-Those planning to attend Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week '96, Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas, will need absentee ballots in order to vote in the November presidential election. The huge automotive trade show, which drew a record 58,000 attendees in 1995, coincides this year with the Nov. 5 elections.
Arrangements for absentee ballots can be made through local boards of election.
BFS goes on-line with Web site
NASHVILLE-Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has opened a new World Wide Web site to publish information about itself on the Internet.
On-line computer users can access the company's new home page at http://www.bridgestone-firestone.com or via its alternate domain name www.firestone.com.
Currently, the BFS Web site provides information about the company and its products. However, a Bridgestone/Firestone tire selector and store locator will be provided in the near future, company officials said.
Bridgestone/Firestone Off Road Tire Co. (www.bfor.com) and Firestone Industrial Products Co. (www.industry.net/firestone) have their own Web pages, which now are linked to the BFS web site.
Michelin N.A. enters race series
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin North America will be the exclusive tire supplier and a major association sponsor of the new North American Touring Car Championship racing series, the company has announced.
While its newly established association with the NATCC is consistent with parent company Groupe Michelin's five-year-long involvement in Touring Car competition worldwide, the move represents the Greenville-based company's first venture into road racing in North America with the Michelin brand.
A spokesman said the Groupe Michelin's involvement in racing dates back to 1895 when company founders Andre and Edouard Michelin pioneered the use of pneumatic tires in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris auto race.
The new NATCC series will commence its inaugural year on May 10 at Road Atlanta and will complete its eight-race schedule on Sept. 7 at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Goodyear shifts credit functions
AKRON-Goodyear is laying off 29 employees in its Akron-based credit department and shifting the work formerly done by them to the company's Brad Ragan Inc. subsidiary in Charlotte, N.C.
Officials said the move is part of the company's ongoing effort to reduce administrative and corporate overhead costs to less than 15 percent of revenues, which hit $13.17 billion in 1995.
Areas affected include credit reporting for Goodyear company-owned stores, commercial tire centers and wholesale tire centers.
A company spokesman said Goodyear would transfer a manager to Charlotte to oversee the company's interests there.
Goodyear in 1995 transferred more than 160 information service workers to another company, a subsidiary of IBM.
At that time, officials said the transfer of personnel-a first for Goodyear-was necessary in order to save money and avoid the need to invest in new equipment.