Heard this all before
In regard to the articles in the Feb. 17 issue of Tire Business about Goodyear supposedly taking a new direction, my reaction is ``horse feathers.''
Speaking as a former Kelly dealer, I've heard all this before.
Anyone who falls for the latest round of baloney from Akron can get a great deal on a bridge across the Hudson River just south of Oklahoma City.
Richard K. Hudson
Hudson's Tire Centers Inc.
Import tariffs needed
Our government needs to rethink import tariffs on imported truck tires.
Without some government regulation, the Chinese-produced look-a-likes will soon dominate our U.S. market.
Their impact is already severe!
Lewis General Tire Inc.
Why mention Jimmy?
Your magazine is one of the few publications that I read cover to cover, and I really like your paper.
But I was saddened by the type of journalism that you published about NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer's dad.
Employee theft is a big problem, but I don't think you had to mention two times that it was Jimmy's dad, and even have a picture of the race car.
Edgar Spencer committed the crime. Leave Jimmy out of it.
Jack's Tire Repair
He's feeling quizzical
The answer to your quiz question in the ``2002 in Review'' section (Tire Business Dec. 23, 2002)-about why Heafner Tire Group Inc. decided to change its name to American Tire Distributors-may not be the true picture.
I have done business with Crestwood Tire, then T.O. Haas, then Heafner Tire and now American Tire Distributors totaling over 13 years.
After the name change to American Tire Distributors, we were given two weeks notice that they would no longer service us, leaving a loyal customer with a warehouse full of their products.
This company should be called Limited Tire Distributors, in my opinion.
Ernest M. Morrow
Morrow Tire Supply Inc.
Mergers bad for dealers
The large mergers of corporate tire America-such as Goodyear-Dunlop-Sumitomo and Michelin-Uniroyal-Goodrich, to name a couple-is going to be a thorn in the independent tire dealers'/wholesalers' neck.
The best illustration of this thorn would be their lack of loyalty.
These large, over-expansive, heartless corporations have forgotten what made them profitable and easy to do business with: the independent tire dealer.
Ball & Prier Tire Inc.