``This is a very proud moment for our company. Winning at Indy and Michigan is a testament to the dedication, hard work and total commitment by everyone in our organization.'' Al Speyer
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s motorsports manager, after Firestone tires trounced Goodyears on a number of race tracks.
``The manufacturers can sell all the (distribution) channels—there's room for all (of them). But we have to structure the channels so one can't bludgeon the others into submission.''
President/CEO, ITCO Tire Co., about the future of tire wholesaling.
``We didn't have a president for 14 years. So we're not paranoid about not having one for a day, a week or even the next 14 years. . . .''
Metro 25 Tire chairman/founder, after its then-president of only six months, John Wagner, left over differences with Mr. Rao.
``I think the tire industry should have one trade show, or its own tire industry week.''
``The time for `Monday morning quarterbacking' and taking potshots at NTDRA is over.''
President, La Canada Tire, La Canada, Calif., as he left as the NTDRA's 1995-96 president.
``A successful convention and trade show is important to the welfare of a trade association, national or state, but an association that wishes to make a difference should not become too dependent on convention and trade shows in defining its value to its membership.''
Then-NTDRA executive vice president, in a speech to Florida tire dealers.
``We're approaching this as a permanent (liaison), and wouldn't do that unless we thought it was going to be a success.''
NTDRA's new executive vice president, on merging its trade show with the 1997 SEMA/AI show in Las Vegas.
``I've learned a lot about building a tire business. And now, if I have to, I'll learn how to take it apart.''
Andrew M. Bodner
Former president of Achievor Tire L.P., when the firm's landlord/owner, Lakin General Corp., would not renew the bead-to-bead tire remolder's lease.
``We see an opportunity in bead-to-bead, so this gives us complete coverage in all the sizes, and really increases our capacity.''
Raymond E. Carr Jr.
President/owner of Ray Carr Tires, upon purchasing the shuttered Achievor Tire.
``Don't plug any tire.''
of Army Trail Tire & Service, Carol Stream, Ill., which was ordered to pay $12.7 million in damages after a plug-repaired tire failed.
``You can't inspect the inside of the tire by doing it from the outside and, as a result, you potentially can put back in service a. . . tire that may go down the road and fail.''
Oliver Rubber Co. v.p.-technical, discussing the potential pitfalls of common on-wheel tire repairs.
``We have to establish parity within the industry.''
Executive v.p., United Steelworkers of America's Rubber/Plastics Industry Conference, on the union's strategy for upcoming master contract talks with tire manufacturers.
``In order to compete on price, we sometimes have to sell tires at or close to cost—and I have no interest in that.''
Manager, Eastside Tire & Muffler, Kirkland, Wash., responding to a TIRE BUSINESS survey.
``How to make a profit is only one side of the equation. Dealers have to learn to better explain to customers the products they're selling.''
Pirelli Armstrong v.p. of marketing.
``After 24 years in the tire business, I have been blessed in experiencing the American dream, and now I plan to take the time to enjoy it.''
Self-proclaimed ``Tire King,'' upon retiring at 48 as president of Riviera Beach, Fla.-based Tire Kingdom Inc.
``I haven't seen such pricing in more than 20 years. It's the lowest I've ever seen.''
Regul Tire & Rubber Co. v.p. of sales, responding to tumbling tire prices and oversupply.
``The days are gone when people bought things they didn't need, with money they didn't have, to impress people they didn't like.''
Big O Tires Inc. v.p. of marketing, at the company's annual dealer meeting.