LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has awarded Goodyear a five-year contract valued at $19.5 million to supply bus tires and service. The agency will save a like amount during the five years by converting to radial bus tires, which have twice the life expectancy of the bias-ply tires they will replace, an MTA spokesman said.
``The bias, on average, last 39,000 miles. We expect the radials to last 80,000 miles,'' he said.
In addition, the MTA's move to radials—to be completed by May—will provide significant fuel consumption savings and lower maintenance costs, he said.
The agreement continues Goodyear's 10-year relationship as a supplier of tires to the MTA's 2,100-bus fleet.
Goodyear created the G152 Metro Miler radial specifically for the Los Angeles County MTA. The tire incorporates special heat- and abrasion-resistant tread compounds, as well as a highly durable undertread compound that allows regrooving.
``Configuration of special wheels and the new 24.5-inch diameter tires will help overcome the problem of brake heat, created by frequent stops, transferring to the tires,'' Goodyear said.
Under the contract, two Los Angeles minority-owned businesses—Harmon & Sons Inc. and Baszile Metals Service—will provide all tire-related services.
TORONTO—AirBoss of America Inc., a maker of segmented tires for off-road applications, has acquired the assets of International Technical Rubber Manufacturing Inc., a Canadian rubber mixing company, for about $8.9 million in cash and stock.
ITRM had been AirBoss' principal rubber supplier and will continue to supply about 95 percent of the company's needs from its 800,000-sq.-ft. mixing unit in Kitchener, Ontario, which AirBoss will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary under the ITRM name.
However, AirBoss only consumes about 20 percent of ITRM's current annual production of about 30 million pounds, which in turn is only about one-third of the Kitchener facility's capacity. ITRM posted 1996 sales of $15.3 million.
For the first nine months of 1996, AirBoss recorded sales of about $9.74 million—double those of the comparable 1995 period—with net income of $707,500.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—Union workers at Goodyear's tire plant in Fayetteville rejected a second tentative labor agreement Jan. 7, by a vote of 1,396 to 210.
Union members disliked the two-tier pay scale for new hires Goodyear proposed, as well as the minor wage hike the pact contained—10 cents an hour for certain job classifications, said Donnie Haney, treasurer of United Steelworkers of America Local 959 in Fayetteville.
No new negotiations have been scheduled. Local members in September authorized the establishment of a strike deadline, but none has been set, Mr. Haney said.
Local 959 rejected the first tentative pact Sept. 19, 11 days after its previous contract expired.
A Goodyear spokesman said the company was disappointed the agreement was not ratified and will endeavor to ``reach an agreement that is in the best interest of all concerned.''