AKRON-Big Apple Tire, a Goodyear dealership based in New York City, will handle the tire service portion of Goodyear's new $5.5 million contract with the Washington, D.C., Metro Transit Authority, which operates 1,300 buses throughout the District of Columbia. Under the three-year contract (which has a two-year renewal option), Goodyear will supply the tires and Big Apple will assign nine full-time tire service personnel to the transit authority's location.
WASHINGTON-On Aug. 20 President Clinton signed the bill that raises the national minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.15 per hour, but also gives small businesses substantial tax relief.
Tire dealers and others in the auto aftermarket, while leery of the minimum wage increase, regard the tax breaks as helpful.
The major benefit granted by the bill is a gradual increase in deductions for equipment purchases, from the current $17,500 to $25,000 by 2003.
The minimum wage will climb 50 cents an hour, to $4.75, on Oct. 1. The remaining 40 cents will be added Sept. 1, 1997.
AKRON-Goodyear has expanded its World Wide Web presence by establishing a password-protected Internet site for federal, state and local government buyers.
The site (http://www.goodyear.com/gov) allows government agencies to identify tires for specific ground vehicles, locate the nearest Goodyear retailer, download price lists and order forms, learn about tires and identify and contact Goodyear's government sales staff.
The company said it plans to expand the site to include aviation tires and engineered products.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The International Tire & Rubber Association has named Jimmy Crews Jr. of Tire Treads Inc., Jackson, Tenn., to a two-year term on the association's advisory council.
Mr. Crews fills a vacancy created when Skipper Lancaster of Dixie Tires & Fuels Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., was elected to the ITRA board of directors.
The ITRA also appointed David Forrester of Tires Into Recycled Energy & Supplies Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., and Gary Mottershead of Recovery Technologies Inc., Cambridge, Ontario, to two-year terms on the Tire & Rubber Recycling Advisory Council.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Continental General Tire Inc. became the first tire company in the U.S. to achieve ISO 9001 certification for all its business units after recently earning certification for its Mayfield, Ky., tire plant.
The Mayfield factory was the last of the passenger/light truck division units to be registered for international quality standards. CGT earlier earned certification for all commercial units.
The certification covers design, sales, marketing, manufacturing, distribution and product service.
WASHINGTON-Dominic Olivieri Jr., 53, who led the rubber industry's statistical data collection efforts as vice president of market information services for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, died of coronary arrest Aug. 25 in Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center.
He joined the RMA in 1975 as manager of the management information services and assumed his recent post in 1992.
Throughout his RMA career, Mr. Olivieri was responsible for compiling all statistical reports, including tire shipment data and market performance projections.
AKRON-Goodyear, along with Pizza Hut and the National Inventors Hall of Fame's Inventure Place in Akron, is co-sponsoring a new children's education club, ``BlimpForce.''
With a $5 registration fee, children 6 to 12 years old receive a newsletter with information on kids activities at Inventure Place, games, contests and experiments.