Suspect charged in dealer slaying
SIOUX CITY, Iowa-A man accused of killing Ronald Fish, owner of Ben Fish Tire Co., pleaded innocent to charges of first-degree murder Sept. 10.
Adam Moss, 24, also is accused of killing his girlfriend, Leticia Aguilar, and her five children while they slept in their home on Aug. 30. Mr. Moss allegedly used a knife and a hammer to bludgeon all seven victims to death.
He reportedly had once worked for Mr. Fish, who also was found dead in his home across town from the other victims.
Mr. Moss was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder and with first-degree theft and is being held on $7 million bail, according to the Woodbury County District Court Clerk. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 27. No motive for the crimes has been determined.
Tire Rack, Big O to offer monitors
RICHMOND, British Columbia-SmarTire Systems Inc. has launched the distribution of new aftermarket tire monitoring products in the U.S. through two large tire retailers.
The Tire Rack and TBC Corp.'s Big O Tires Inc. subsidiary have agreed to carry the new SmarTire products for cars and light trucks.
The move follows SmarTire's initial distribution in Europe and represents the beginning of the company's marketing strategy for aftermarket products in North America, SmarTire President and CEO Robert Rudman said.
Tire Rack is a South Bend, Ind.-based mail-order distributor of high-performance tires and wheels. Colorado-based Big O has more than 490 franchised and company-owned retail outlets in the west, Midwest and southeast, as well as an affiliated dealer network in Canada.
Bandag taps TDS president
MUSCATINE, Iowa-Bandag Inc. has named John McErlane vice president of the corporation and president of the firm's Tire Distribution Systems Inc. (TDS) subsidiary.
Mr. McErlane, 48 previously was vice president of marketing and sales, and has served on Bandag's executive leadership team. In his new role, he will continue to report to Martin Carver, Bandag's chairman and CEO.
After serving in various sales, product and marketing management positions with Bandag, he was named vice president of marketing in 1997. The next year, he was made vice president of marketing and sales.
Prior to joining Muscatine-based Bandag, he worked for three national trucking companies, specializing in vehicle engineering and maintenance.
Pirelli begins work on plant in Ga.
ROME, Ga.-Pirelli Tire North America has started construction on its $140 million tire factory in Rome, with production start-up set for mid-2002.
Site clearing for the new plant began in March, but groundbreaking for the factory was held Sept. 10. Pirelli awarded the design and building contract for the 400,000-sq.ft. structure to H&M Co. Inc. of Jackson, Tenn.
The building will house manufacturing, offices and research facilities. Pirelli is providing engineering services. Initially, the plant will be equipped with four Modular Integrated Robotized System modules, each capable of producing approximately one tire every three minutes.
Pirelli plans to add a total of 15 modules. At full capacity in about three years, the operation will employ 55 corporate and 250 production workers.
Firms to develop tire monitors
FRANKFURT, Germany-Goodyear and Siemens VDO Automotive, a specialist in active electronics systems, are joining forces to develop an advanced tire pressure warning system.
The joint research project will seek to develop a system to monitor low tire air pressure and excessive tire temperatures, using Goodyear's expertise in tires and tire pressure monitoring and Siemens VDO's proficiency in electronics, radio frequency, wireless and vehicle system integration technologies.