AKRON-Retired Continental General Tire CEO Alan Ockene was in critical condition as of March 28 at Akron General Hospital after his car was broadsided in a hit-skip car crash March 22. The collision occurred near the hospital when a suspect's car struck the rear end of another car then travelled another block and struck Mr. Ockene's car, pushing it into a utility pole.
Mr. Ockene was trapped in his demolished car for about a half-hour as rescuers cut off the car's roof to free him.
Meanwhile, the suspected hit-skip driver ran into the nearby hospital where he was treated for injuries and released.
Akron police expected to file charges by early April.
Mr. Ockene, 65, retired from CGT in 1994 after serving as CEO and president.
Pirelli Tyre boosts its earnings by 35%
MONZA, Italy-Pirelli Tyre Holding N.V. improved its operating earnings by 35 percent last year compared with 1994, according to Pirelli General Director Giuseppe Bencini, speaking at the launch of the firm's latest high-performance tire, the P7000.
Mr. Bencini did not disclose the exact figure but operating earnings in 1994 for Pirelli's tire business were $121 million. Mr. Bencini also said sales in 1995 were about $3.18 billion, which would represent a 7-percent increase over 1994.
BFS has no set plans for Oncor system
SAN ANTONIO, Texas-Respond-ing to speculation about Bridge-stone/Firestone Inc.'s plans for its new Oncor Tread Renewal System, Walt Weller, vice president of commercial tire sales, told dealers at BFS' Bizcon 1 conference in San Antonio: ``The fact of the matter is, we do not have any plans set in stone.''
Last December, Fort Smith, Ark.-based Treadco Inc. opened the first U.S. Oncor retreading plant in St. Louis for which BFS supplies the tread rubber and technical expertise. The plant expects to double its current daily production of 100 retreads.
``The St. Louis plant is an experimental project, and we will base our future plans on the success of this project,'' he said.
CGT to lay off 130 Mayfield employees
MAYFIELD, Ky.-Continental General Tire will lay off about 130 employees at its Mayfield plant in the coming months. The reduction, spurred by competitive pressures to improve perform-ance, will reduce the plant's workforce to about 1,200.
The plant had hired workers when it went to a seven-day-a-week operation, but now it will return to a five-day schedule.
Falken names Dorso president, COO
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.-Former Senior Vice President Frank Dorso became president and COO of Falken Tire Corp., April 1.
Mr. Dorso, a 28-year veteran of the U.S. tire industry, replaced Nick Tajima, who returned to Falken's parent company, Ohtsu Tire & Rubber Co. of Osaka, Japan, to oversee Ohtsu export products. Henry Umegaki, executive director of Ohtsu, will become CEO of Falken. He will remain in Osaka.
Borg-Warner elects J. Fiedler chairman
CHICAGO-Borg-Warner Automotive Inc. elected John F. Fiedler chairman of the board on March 18, in addition to his existing duties as CEO of the Chicago-based manufacturer of automotive drivetrain parts.
He succeeds J. Gordon Amedee, who died last summer.
Mr. Fiedler, 57, joined Borg-Warner in June 1994 after 29 years with Goodyear, where he resigned as executive vice president of North American Tires.