Kumho names Cho president
FONTANA, Calif.—Kumho Tire USA Inc. has appointed Kyu S. Cho president, replacing Jong G. Kahng, who retired recently after eight years as the South Korea-based firm's top U.S. executive.
Mr. Cho, a 28-year veteran of the parent company, has held multiple positions with the Kumho Tire Group, most recently as vice president of its overseas sales division. Previously, he also served as managing director of Kumho Tire Australia PTY and managing director of Kumho (UK) Ltd.
Hoosier's Bowman resigns position
LAKEVILLE, Ind.—Hoosier Performance Tire announced the resignation of Terry Bowman as vice president of sales. No explanation was given for his departure and no replacement has been named.
The Lakeville-based private brand tire marketer credited Mr. Bowman with being instrumental in developing and implementing its broadline tire marketing program. It said he leaves behind a "solid foundation of wholesale distributors and affiliated dealers."
BFS donates to Red Cross
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone/ Firestone Inc. has made a $20,000 donation from its trust fund to the American Red Cross for the aid of those affected by a harsh winter in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The donation reinforces ongoing volunteer work by the tire maker's employees at the local level, BFS said.
In the past, BFS' Oklahoma City plant employees have worked with the American Red Cross Central Oklahoma chapter in several disaster relief efforts.
Falken recalls light truck tires
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.—Falken Tire Corp. is voluntarily recalling about 5,000 light truck tires, sizes LT235/85R16 and LT245/75R16, for noncompliance with the tire strength requirements of federal truck tire safety standards.
The tires—10-ply-rated Ohtsu High Country A/P and Falken Radial A/P—were manufactured between Aug. 20, 2000 and Jan. 13, 2001. Falken will replace the tires free of charge, either with modified-design tires of the same brands or with another brand.
Toyo, Meguiar launch promotion
CYPRESS, Calif.—Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. and car care products marketer Meguiar's have launched a "Clean Up with Toyo" promotion, which will run May 1-June 30.
Customers buying four Proxes T1-S, Proxes FZ4, Proxes S/T, Proxes H4 or 800 Ultra tires during that period will receive Meguiar's Premium Car Care Collection, a complete detailing kit worth a retail value of $80, Toyo said.
Titan to cut tire production
NATCHEZ, Miss.—Titan International Inc.'s farm and industrial tire plant in Natchez will cease tire production and be reduced to a mixing facility during the next two to three months due to the expected recession this year, CEO Maurice Taylor Jr. said.
Natchez was chosen because it is older than Titan's Brownsville, Texas, factory and has less capacity than its Des Moines, Iowa, plant.
As economic conditions improve, Titan could bring tire making back to Natchez, he said, or use the plant for excess production.
Dealership debuts site for car dealers
CLEVELAND—Mueller Tire & Brake in Cleveland has created a business-to-business Web site designed to sell tires, wheels and accessories to car dealers.
The site, www.dealertire.com, is a factory-authorized tire supplier for German and Japanese car makers to more than 4,000 auto dealers. It offers Michelin, Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Dunlop, Uniroyal, Continental, General, Bridgestone, Firestone, Pirelli and Yokohama brands.
Pirelli opens OE sales office
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Pirelli Tire North America has opened an original equipment sales office in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich.
The office will allow Pirelli to continue to "aggressively" pursue contracts with a number of major Detroit-based auto makers, said Carlo Bianconi, president and CEO, and enable the tire maker to participate in vehicle development projects.
The OE Group in Detroit will be headed by John Hagan, director of OE sales, David Ortoli, OE technical account manager, and Paul Belloni, manager of testing engineering.