Judge certifies BFS class action
INDIANAPOLIS-An Indianapolis federal judge has granted class-action status to product liability lawsuits involving millions of customers of Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker certified participation in the class action for anyone who owned or leased a 1991-2001 Ford Explorer on or before Aug. 9, 2000, and also for owners or lessees of vehicles equipped with Firestone ATX, ATX II, Firehawk ATX, ATX 23 Degree, Widetrack Radial Baja and Wilderness tires between 1990 and the present.
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone/Firestone fought vigorously against the certification, claiming the potential cases were too dissimilar to allow a class-action certification.
Stock prices for Japan's Bridgestone Corp., parent of BFS, fell more than 4 percent on the Tokyo stock market after the certification was announced.
Hankook adds new warehouse
WAYNE, N.J.-In a move to serve its tire dealer customers better, Hankook Tire America Corp. has replaced its distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with a larger facility.
The 220,000 -sq.-ft. leased building is near the company's former warehouse, which contained 76,000 square feet, said Jack Kim, Hankook general manager.
Hankook's new Western Regional Distribution Center will enable the firm to broaden its service and supply capability to dealers across the U.S., he said. This includes providing just-in-time delivery, better fill rates and better inventory control. In addition, Hankook said the new warehouse will reduce lead time in processing orders.
Hankook also operates five other U.S. distribution centers, in Napa, Calif., Portland, Ore., Kansas City, Kan., Atlanta, Ga., and Edison, N.J. In addition, the tire maker maintains a warehouse in Detroit for supplying temporary spares to the Ford Focus.