Matador A.S. picks U.S. tire importer PLAINVIEW, N.Y.—Slovakian tire maker Matador A.S. has appointed tire importer American Jawa Ltd. to handle its products in the U.S. and Canada.
Matador, based in Puchov, Slovakia, was part of the Barum manufacturing collective in the former Czechoslovakia prior to 1992. Since the dissolution of that state into the Czech and Slovak republics that year, Matador has operated independently.
Matador selected American Jawa because of earlier business dealings: American Jawa has represented the Barum brand for more than 30 years, importing tires from the Puchov factory along with tires from former Barum plants in Otrokovice and Prague, Czech Republic.
The entire Matador product line, from passenger car tires to medium truck tires, will be available, although the emphasis will be on the firm's radial and bias-ply truck tires. Orders will be on a container-load basis only, American Jawa said.
Matador, the world's 33rd largest tire maker with 1997 sales of $180 million, recently linked up with Continental A.G. in a joint venture to make radial truck tires.
Goodyear named most admired firm
AKRON—Goodyear has been named to Fortune magazine's list of ``America's Most Admired Companies'' for the second year in a row.
The Akron tire maker took top honors in six of eight measured attributes for the rubber and plastics products industry category and second place in two attributes.
The Fortune list was compiled through a survey of more than 12,000 senior executives, outside directors and financial analysts. They evaluated 476 ``Fortune 1,000'' companies on eight attributes: innovativeness, quality of management, employee talent, quality of products, long-term investment value, financial soundness, social responsibility and use of corporate assets.
Michelin workers again reject union
NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia—The Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board has dismissed the Canadian Auto Workers' petition to organize three Michelin North America plants in Nova Scotia.
The union failed to obtain 40 percent of employee signatures on union cards, a requirement for organization.
This is the 12th failed organizing attempt at the factories.
Tuffy tire inflator gets U.S. patent
AKRON—Tuffy Manufacturing Inc. recently received a U.S. patent for its remote tire inflator used in commercial tire service to protect against potential sidewall zipper ruptures.
The remote inflator allows tire service personnel to safely inflate, deflate and check the psi of the tire from up to 50 feet away, the company said.
Founded in 1964, Tuffy is celebrating its 35th year as a distributor of tire- and wheel-related supplies.
Mickey Thompson launches Web site
STOW, Ohio—Max-Trac Tire Co. Inc., which does business as Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels, has established a Web site at www.mickeythompsontires.com.
The site contains the latest product information, technical bulletins, frequently asked questions in a downloadable format, dealer listings and new products of the firm, which markets performance, vintage and racing tires and custom wheels.