Goodyear mold plant to close
AKRON-Goodyear will close its Stow, Ohio, mold manufacturing facility in October due to an overall reduction in demand for molds and the high cost structure of the plant.
Layoffs will begin on or about Oct. 11 with the facility to close about two weeks later, said Lowell Dunckel, senior vice president of global product supply. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification letters to associates and union and community leaders are being distributed.
Thirty-two salaried and 120 hourly employees work at the Stow facility, which had been operating at less than one-third capacity. Hourly workers will have the option of retiring, entering into the Goodyear Akron complex or accepting a layoff, depending on seniority or job experience.
Salaried associates who are eligible can retire, and the company will attempt to place others in different positions.
Goodyear said that no decisions have been made concerning the equipment, building or property.
TIA seeks nominees for hall of fame
RESTON, Va.-The Tire Industry Association is accepting nominations for the Tire Industry Hall of Fame, which celebrates the achievements of leaders who have shaped the tire industry.
The Hall combines the traditions of the International Tire and Rubber Association and the Tire Association of North America into a single list. The two groups merged July 1.
Past inductees include Harvey Brodsky, Harvey Firestone, Les Schwab, Louis Myers, Roy Carver, John Bean, Pauline Chambers-Yost, Ed Wagner, John Dunlop, Charles Goodyear and Andre Michelin.
The Tire Industry Hall of Fame is open to all people in the industry, including manufacturers, inventors, members of the media, equipment suppliers, tire dealers, scrap tire and rubber recycling professionals and retreaders.
Nomination forms are available by calling TIA at (703) 736-8082. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 1. Inductions will take place Nov. 5 during the TIA Hall of Fame Breakfast at the International Tire Expo in Las Vegas.
Men charged in scam enter pleas
WILKES-BARRE, Pa.-Five men charged with an alleged conspiracy that involved selling truck tires and retreads stolen from McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. have pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property.
Edgar Spencer Sr., his son Edgar Jr., and cousins Edgar W. Spencer Sr. and Edgar W. Spencer Jr., all have waived their right to a preliminary hearing and will stand trial later this year, according to Luzerne County, Pa., Assistant District Attorney Tim Doherty.
Raymond Balls, a former McCarthy Tire employee who is cooperating with prosecutors, also has pleaded not guilty to charges of redirecting tires from McCarthy Tire to Ed Spencer's Auto Yard and Spencer's Junk Yard/Used Auto Parts.
He will stand trial at the same time as the Spencers, Mr. Doherty said.
BFS taps media relations director
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone has named Dan MacDonald as its director of media relations, effective Aug. 5.
Mr. MacDonald, formerly a chief investigative reporter and backup news anchor for WKRN-TV, an ABC affiliate in Nashville, will serve as the tire maker's primary spokesperson.
Prior to his work at WKRN-TV, Mr. MacDonald was a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor at WTVF, Nashville's CBS affiliate. He has also served as an assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University's School of Communications.
SEMA revamps trade show floor
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-The 2002 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show will have a new look, new beat and new feel to it, with sections organized according to similar products and products for certain types of vehicles.
The show will be held Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The sections will include the following: International Tire Expo; Mobile Electronics & Technology; Racing & Performance; Restoration Marketplace; Restyling & Accessories Center; Street Rod Alley; Trucks, SUVs, Truck Caps & Accessories; Wheels & Performance Tires; Performance Marine Pavilion; and General.