LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A Japanese tire casings distributor opened its first U.S. distribution center in Louisville Nov. 1. Casings Suppliers Cooperative USA Inc. is the U.S. arm of the Association of Casings Suppliers Cooperative, an organization of 54 Japanese tire casings collectors.
The 39,338-sq.-ft. Louisville distribution center will employ 30 to start, and expects to sell about 300,000 retreadable casings in its first year, according to CSC USA President J. Michael McMullan.
CSC USA will distribute only casings from its Japanese collector members to start, Mr. McMullan said. ``But we will seek U.S. collectors as soon as we get off the ground—whatever we can do to expand the business,'' he said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. recently broke ground for a 550,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and distribution center in suburban Chicago.
The new facility, located on a 42-acre site in Woodridge, Ill., is scheduled to open this summer and will combine inventories from existing, smaller warehouses in the Chicago area, BFS said.
It will stock retail, commercial and agricultural tires, as well as automotive parts for BFS' company-owned retail stores.
ROMULUS, Mich.—Hayes Wheels International Inc. has announced capital investments to increase production at its manufacturing facilities in Sedalia, Mo., and Gainesville, Ga.
At Gainesville, the company said it will spend $20 million to add 88,000 square feet of space and boost production capacity by 50 percent.
The Sedalia plant will be enlarged by 110,000 square feet and its capacity increased 25 percent, Hayes said. Last year, the wheel maker said it would invest $22 million in new equipment for the Missouri plant.
Hayes said the expansions were needed to meet demand from original equipment customers, including Ford Motor Co., which recently contracted Hayes Wheels to supply wheels for its 1998-model Ranger pickups.
Yokohama Tire Corp. has launched a site on the World Wide Web that includes interactive features such as a tire selector, which provides potential customers with personalized tire recommendations, and a dealer locator.
The site's address is: http://www.yokohamatire.com/.
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s radial truck tire plant in Warren County, Tenn., recently received the 1996 Governor's Quality Award, the top honor in the Tennessee Quality Award program. The selection criteria are similar to those for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, BFS said.
Douglas Battery Manufacturing Co. is marking the 75th anniversary of its 1921 founding by Wilson Douglas.
The company, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., with plants there and in North Kansas City, Mo., still is owned and led by the Douglas family and has a daily capacity of 15,000 lead-acid automotive batteries.
Earlier this year, Douglas Battery registered all its operating divisions to ISO 9000 standards.