Cooper a U.S. tire maker, too
I would like to respond to a letter submitted by Joseph A. DePaolis to the Mail Call section of the April 14 issue of Tire Business.
In his attempt to document the recent woes of Goodyear, he referred to the tire company in Akron as the ``sole remaining big U.S.-based tire manufacturer.''
Not so fast, Mr. DePaolis. If you look down the road (approximately 145 miles) from Akron, there is a tire manufacturer in Findlay, Ohio, by the name of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. that is doing very well, thank you.
Perhaps Mr. DePaolis is looking at Goodyear as one of the traditional big three, along with Bridgestone and Michelin. Not to diminish Goodyear's presence in the tire market, the company with the blimps is not the only game in U.S.A. town.
Cooper has been making tires in Findlay since 1914, and it has become one of the top eight tire producers in the world. As a Cooper tire dealer, I take pride in the company's growth and the fact that most of their products are made in America.
Mr. DePaolis contributed this correspondence to express his concern for the ``once-proud giant'' in Akron, and I echo his sentiments. As an independent tire dealer, I would not want any leading tire manufacturer to experience financial or product difficulties. It would be detrimental to our industry.
Mr. DePaolis ended his letter by stating that thousands of tire dealers ``would want to see at least one major American tire company succeed.'' I totally agree. Long live Cooper and Goodyear as well!
Hansel Tire Corp.
String repairs are not OK
I would like to talk about tire repair. About half of our customers still think it's OK to use string plugs to repair radial tires, rather than follow industry-recommended tire repair procedures, which include inspecting the tire, filling the injury and using the proper repair unit.
With all the tread separation suits and tire-related accidents that are in our business, you would think that people in our industry would stop taking the chance.
The problem is not all about cost of repair time. It is about the tire industry still saying it is OK by not saying it is not OK.
I think state and federal lawmakers would gladly get behind outlawing string plugs if the tire industry asked them to.
This would also open the doors to all shops being paid for doing a repair correctly, instead of doing it wrong or half right for free.
Myers Tire Supply
Fastener update informative
I just finished Peggy Fisher's column ``Fasteners upkeep vital to proper torque'' in the April 28 issue, and I would like to thank the author for a very informative piece.
This is information every tire dealer should use to add to their professional image.
Is there a similar piece that addresses the retail market as well? This would be very helpful for educating my technicians as well as the retail customer.
Keep up the good work.
Tire center manager