QUINCY, Ill. (Feb. 7, 2000) — Former Titan Tire Corp. President Gary Carlson left the company at the end of January to pursue other interests.
His departure follows the recently concluded structural reorganization of Titan International Inc., which included elimination of separate tire and wheel corporations, the combination of sales forces and personnel reductions.
Maurice "Morry" Taylor Jr., Titan International president/CEO, told Tire Business that after Mr. Carlson resigned the Titan Tire presidency late last year, he took on a special assignment involving marketing of the company´s Grizz LSW (low-sidewall) tire/wheel assemblies. Titan had signed an agreement to build LSWs for Caterpillar Inc.´s skid-steer loaders, and "Gary wanted to make sure everything got kicked off right and deliveries were going to the Caterpillar dealers," Mr. Taylor said.
"Gary did a great job, but felt it was time for a change," he added, noting that Mr. Carlson had spent many hours trying to resolve ongoing strikes by the United Steel Workers at Titan plants in Natchez, Tenn., and Des Moines, Iowa. "I think that whole situation was very difficult for him....
"The last time I talked with Gary, he was considering working either for the University of Iowa or in human resources for a private company in the seed business."
An Iowa native and graduate of the University of Iowa, Mr. Carlson was named Titan Tire president in 1997. Previously, he had spent more than 23 years with Bandag Inc., where he held a number of positions including senior vice president and general manager of the company´s Eastern Hemisphere Retreading Division, based in Brussels, Belgium.