Looking for DOT codes
Several years ago Tire Business published a list of Department of Transportation (DOT) codes identifying manufacturing plants.
We have used this several times to help customers. I know the list is out of date. Would you publish a new one or let me know where to find that information?
Mason City Tire Service Inc.
Mason City, Iowa
Editor's Note: We published an updated listing of Department of Transportation tire manufacturing plant codes in the Feb. 3 Market Data Book issue of Tire Business. In response to Mr. Barkema's letter we have sent him a copy of that issue. The list also is posted on our Web site, www.tirebusiness.com, which is accessible for free to paid subscribers of the publication.
Inner tubes not required
In your Aug. 18 issue, Peter Parik of Trent Rubber Corp. stated in a letter to the editor that inner tubes ``are required in retreads.''
We take exception to this statement.
We have no knowledge of any regulation, on the federal or state level anywhere, that requires the use of inner tubes in retreads. If we are wrong, we would like to hear from any Tire Business readers who might have factual information that we don't have and who can cite the source of that information.
Tire Retread Information Bureau
Pacific Grove, Calif.
Some tire shops take offense to handling balancing problems on motor home tires.
Sure, some of them are hard to correct, but sometimes we even get referrals for truck or chassis dealers here in town.
Just remember these people talk to each other, and nothing is more satisfying than hearing someone say they were recommended to you.
Tire Centers L.L.C.
Column on Gen-Yers amusing
Mary Miles' column earlier this year regarding the expectations of Gen-Yers added a bit of comic relief for me and other small business owners.
Regardless of age or position, I think everyone would wish for this type of (low stress, high reward) working environment.
In the current economic climate, old and young are accepting jobs that may be below their salary expectations, below their capabilities and sometimes in a less-than-perfect work place.
Expectations are wonderful, though not always feasible, and they should enter each job as an opportunity to learn something new.
Instead of trying to start at the top, learn to grow. We did, and now own businesses instead of working for one.
It's hard right now, and I wish them luck.
Brewer Tire Co.