IMT adds optional vehicle warranty
GARNER, Iowa-Iowa Mold Tooling Co. has begun offering an optional 36-month warranty for its Predator tire service vehicle.
The optional Diamond Shield warranty extends the standard 12-month warranty by two years and covers configurations of Predator tire service bodies, truck-mounted cranes and air compressor systems purchased from IMT. Any of the three IMT Predator tire service body lines-8511, 8513 and 8513CR-are eligible for the added warranty.
Customers opting for the extended warranty will receive electronic notification of regular service intervals, the company said, and will be provided with a three-year planned maintenance kit with oil, air filters, compressor oil, gear grease and more.
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin North America Inc. has moved production of its XZSL skid steer tires to Spartanburg, S.C., from central France.
``Seventy-five percent of the global market for skid steer tires is located in North America,'' said Michael Ford, market segment manager for skid steer tires at the Michelin Earthmover Group.
Michelin claims the XZSL is the first radial tire developed for skid steer loaders and other light construction equipment. The tire maker claimed the radial tire lasts longer and provides more reliable performance than similar-sized bias-ply tires.
BFS to close
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone plans to close a warehouse in Dayton, Ohio-the last facility in a plan to whittle down its old distribution centers in favor of a better design.
Nelson Miller, director of physical distribution for BFS, said the Dayton facility will close by the end of September, with work shifted primarily to Lebanon, Tenn., and some going to warehouses in Allentown, Pa., Chicago and Dallas.
The closure is the last page in BFS's plan to phase out the old warehouses. ``We recommended that over a period of time we go from basically 18 relatively small warehouses to seven large (centers),'' Mr. Miller said.
Of the seven warehouses, six are new; the last-standing old facility is in Albany, Ga.
Michelin truck tires
win Pikes Peak
PIKES PEAK, Colo.-Driving a Freightliner SuperTruck equipped with specially designed Michelin truck tires, veteran stunt and race driver Mike Ryan once again won the ``Big Rig'' Division of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Mr. Ryan reached the top of Pikes Peak with a time of 13 minutes, 26.63 seconds-just 5.23 seconds slower than the record time he set last year in the competition.
Before the July 5 event, he worked with Michelin Americas Truck Tires to determine and prepare the best tires for the race, Michelin said.
The company said the low-profile dual tires on Mr. Ryan's rig were specially formulated for the specific demands of Pikes Peak and featured hand-carved tread patterns.
Smithers is ready
for new standards
AKRON-Smithers Scientific Services Inc. said it is prepared to provide testing in accordance with the new and more stringent tire performance standards-Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 139-issued June 23 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company conducts compliance tire testing at indoor laboratories in Ravenna, Ohio, and materials testing on tire components in Akron. It also carries out performance tests and evaluation at its winter test facility near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.