PECOS, Texas (July 20, 2001)—Smithers Scientific Services Inc. has agreed to donate its Pecos tire and automotive test track to that city´s Economic Development Corp. The value of the property was not disclosed.
Smithers in 1987 purchased the 5,800-acre testing facility site from the former Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co., which had used it for tire development purposes. Akron-based Smithers closed its testing operations there in May due to inadequate business volume.
Gari Ward, PEDC President, welcomed the company´s donation saying: "We are delighted Smithers agreed to give us this land and the opportunity to utilize its resources for the betterment of the community. These resources include access to the existing water system on the land for possible use by the town of Pecos City and Reeves County, Texas."
Smithers President and CEO Michael Hochschwender said he is pleased the facility may be used for the benefit of the Pecos community.