Pirelli gains more Ford OE fitments
ROME, Ga.-Pirelli Tire North America Inc. has scored three additional original equipment fitments on Ford Motor Co. vehicles, this time on the 2003 Ford Excursion sport-utility vehicle and Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350 full-size pickups.
The U.S. unit of Italian tire maker Pirelli S.p.A. will supply the auto maker with Scorpion STR light truck tires in size LT265/75R16 for these vehicles. The tires will be offered in black sidewalls or raised outline white letters.
Pirelli will make the Scorpion STRs-which feature steel belts and a nylon wrap overlay-at a factory in Brazil and then ship the tires to Ford assembly plants in Louisville, Ky., and Cuautitlan, Mexico. Vehicles made at those plants will be distributed in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Pirelli said.
This is Pirelli's second OE agreement with Ford in the past four months.
Solideal buys Bush Industrial
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Solideal Industrial Tire has acquired Bush Industrial Tire of Nashville, Tenn., and consolidated its five central region distribution centers with Bush's stores in Nashville, Louisville and Bowling Green, Ky., and Birmingham and Decatur, Ala.
The acquisition and consolidation helps solidify Solideal's position as a ``dominant'' supplier of tires, wheels and rubber tracks to the industrial service industry throughout the south-central U.S., said Solideal President Baldwin Hickey.
``Our business was changing faster than we could,'' said Dave Bush, who founded the dealership 23 years ago along with his wife Pat. ``After watching Solideal for 15 years, I saw their aggressive and dedicated goal of seeking new markets.
``With an opportunity to sell my company, it seemed logical to jump out of my little boat into their giant ship.''
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mr. Bush will continue with Solideal as regional manager, central region.
Rolls-Royce rolls on Pax
DETROIT-BMW A.G. will equip its 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom with Group Michelin's Pax run-flat tire-wheel system as standard equipment when the car reaches dealer showrooms in April.
The Phantom is the first Rolls- Royce designed and built by BMW since the German car maker bought the rights to the Rolls-Royce name in 1998. It was unable to use the name until now, however.
The 19-foot long, 5-foot high, 5,577-pound Phantom rides on 265x790 R540A Pax tires. The launch of the Phantom marks the first standard Pax fitment for a car available in North America, Michelin said.
Michelin also said Cadillac has chosen for its 2004 XLR the zero-pressure, run-flat version of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4; the two-seat sports coupe will run on P235/50 ZR18 tires.
Discount Tire's history in print
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-Write Stuff Enterprises Inc., a publishing company that specializes in corporate histories, has published the ``Legend of Discount Tire Co. Inc.''
Written by Jeffrey L. Fodengen and Richard F. Hubbard, the 152-page, full-color book traces the company's history from its founding in 1960 by Bruce Halle in Ann Arbor, Mich., to its move to Phoenix in 1970 and the construction of a new headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2002.
The book also chronicles the tire retailing industry throughout the past four decades and traces the Halle family's philanthropic endeavors as well.
The book is available from Write Stuff Enterprises for $39.95 plus shipping. Florida residents pay the 6-percent sales tax.
For more information, contact: Irena Xanthos at (800) 900-2665.