TMC honors Goodyear engineer
ALEXANDRIA, Va.-Trent Longo, senior development engineer at Goodyear, was honored recently by the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations Inc. as a ``recognized associate'' for his ``outstanding contributions to the improvement of equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management.''
Mr. Longo was one of four recipients of the TMC's award at the council's recent annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The others were Kenneth Claar, program manager, Lubrizol Corp., Wickliffe, Ohio; Fred Hopper, business unit manager, TMD Friction Inc., Holly, Mich.; and Carl Smith, vice president of sales, Sure Power Industries Inc., Tualatin, Ore.
BFS, Chevy offer consumer contest
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone and General Motors Corp.'s Chevrolet division are partnering with the Indy Racing League (IRL) to offer a consumer sweepstakes, dubbed the ``Firehawk Indy 500/Chevrolet Race 2 Win Sweepstakes.''
Starting May 1, licensed drivers in the U.S. have two months to register for prizes at Firestone tire outlets, IRL racing events, online at www.indy500tire.com or mail an entry to participate in the contest.
Prizes include a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 extended-cab pickup shod with Firestone tires; a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu four-door sedan with Firestones; three Pioneer touch screen navigation systems; 10 sets of Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires; and two framed 2003 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race posters signed by the drivers in this year's race.
Winners will be randomly selected in July, with five finalists selected to attend the July 27 IndyCar Series event at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. There they will draw keys to see who wins the Chevrolet vehicles.
Kumho opens distribution center
FONTANA, Calif.-Kumho Tire USA has opened a 120,000-sq.-ft. tire distribution center in suburban Chicago to serve its customers better.
``Our dealers demand just-in-time delivery,'' said David Hudrlik, vice president and director of sales. ``The addition of our Chicago center gives us six distribution facilities spread throughout the U.S. and ensures that we can get tires to any of our dealers within 24 hours.''
Besides the new center, located in New Lenox, Ill., Kumho has distribution facilities in Atlanta, Dallas, Fontana, Calif., Columbus, Ohio; and Memphis, Tenn.
TRIB updates retread guidelines
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.-The Tire Retread Information Bureau is offering a new version of ``Recommended Guidelines for Preparing a Tire Retread and Repair Government Bid.''
This nine-page document, which is generic and does not promote any one type of retreading or any one company, can be a valuable tool for any government agency in helping to prepare bid specifications for tire retreading and repairing, TRIB said.
The document can be viewed and downloaded in a pdf format by visiting the TRIB Web site, www.retread.org, and going to the government section on the navigation bar.
Arnco receives military orders
SOUTH GATE, Calif.-Arnco has received U.S. Department of Defense approval for military applications using its RePneu and SuperFlex polyurethane tire fill formulations, the South Gate-based flatproofing material maker said.
Arnco also is supplying flatproofing material for tires used in ground support training by the U.S. Air Force. The material will be used instead of compressed nitrogen because it eliminates flats and the possibility of dangerous blowouts and exploding tires, Arnco said.