Titan Wheel gets Army contract
QUINCY, Ill.-Titan Wheel Corp. of Illinois, a subsidiary of Titan International Inc., has snared the largest military contract negotiated in the company's history.
The company said the U.S. Army has granted it a multi-year contract for two-piece, bolt-together wheels. The contract's value-for new and replacement wheels-could exceed $45 million.
Titan's bolt-together wheels are the only wheels approved by the U.S. government for replacement on military trucks, according to the Quincy-based company. Titan Wheel also is the current wheel supplier to original equipment manufacturers that produce the new military vehicles.
Dayton ponders future in racing
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.'s Dayton Tire subsidiary is ``exploring its options'' regarding the future of its racing program following the demise of the Dayton Indy Lights racing series after this season.
Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) recently announced the Indy Lights program-a companion ``minor league'' series to CART's international FedEx championship-would be dissolved after this year.
Bridgestone/Firestone first used the Indy Lights to get its Firestone brand back into Indy-type car racing starting in 1990, before it stepped the Firestone brand up to CART's premier series in 1995. In 1998, it made the Indy Lights program a showcase for its Dayton Daytona brand.
BFS has discussed the possibility of supplying tires to a new companion series for the Indy Racing League-the oval-track-only Indy car series-which is set to debut next season, but the IRL has made no decisions yet regarding tires for the Infiniti Pro Series.
UTQG guide on NHTSA site
WASHINGTON-The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has added a consumer guide on the Uniform Tire Quality Grading System to its government Web site, www.nhtsa.gov.
Listed in the ``news'' section of the site, the guide explains the significance of the UTQG treadwear, traction and temperature resistance grades. It warns that the traction grades are based on straight braking rather than cornering tests, and that temperature grades are compromised when a tire is underinflated or a vehicle is overloaded or speeding.
The guide also offers links to a UTQG question-and-answer section, as well as to UTQG tables for nearly 140 nameplate and private brand tire labels.
TireSafety.com now in Spanish
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. has added a Spanish-language option to its Web site TireSafety.com.
The tire maker launched the site earlier this year to dispel consumer fears about tires as well as offer motorists educational tools to understand the important role tires play in vehicle performance.
Users can access the Spanish version at www.neumaticoseguro.com or www.tiresafety.com.
``Research shows that with the rapid growth of Hispanics in the United States, there is a need to address the needs of this population, many of whom do not speak English,'' said Shu Ishibashi, BFS executive vice president and president of the company's U.S. Consumer Tire Group.
``Offering TireSafety.com in Spanish is one way for us to reach this group and give them a resource to make them feel more comfortable with their tires and their tires' performance,'' he said.