Goodyear to cut workers in Texas
TYLER, Texas-Goodyear will lay off about 200 workers at its Kelly-Springfield tire plant in Tyler by Nov. 14 and trim production by about 11,000 units a day to reduce overcapacity in the market.
The production cutback will affect smaller sized Kelly passenger tires, a Goodyear spokeswoman said, but the company intends to convert part of the facility's capacity to larger sized tires, 17 inches or more in diameter, and rehire at least some of those laid off.
The Tyler factory, which is operating on partially protected status under the recently ratified master contract with the United Steelworkers of America, has a stated daily capacity of 37,500 units, although output there of late was only about two-thirds of that number, according to union sources.
By about March 2004, the plant is expected to add about 5,000 tires per day, the spokeswoman said, although plans for rehiring those laid off or resuming full production will be based on market conditions. Goodyear did not release an investment figure for converting capacity at Tyler but said the plan includes retrofitting existing equipment and possibly transferring equipment from other plants.
The Goodyear spokeswoman said no other Goodyear facilities will pick up the reduced production.
Man pleads guilty in tire shop murder
WOODBURY, N.J.-A 20-year-old man pled guilty to killing a tire shop employee during an attempted robbery July 9, the Glouster County (N.J.) prosecutor's office said.
Aaron T. Sheppard was arrested the same day that Joseph J. Green, 52, was found by co-workers at Romar Tire Co. in Woodbury. Mr. Green had permission to sleep at the shop, and Mr. Sheppard apparently discovered him when he broke into the tire shop in the early morning hours of July 9. Authorities said Mr. Sheppard bludgeoned Mr. Green repeatedly on the head. Mr. Sheppard was arrested that night, authorities said.
In accordance with his plea, Mr. Sheppard will be sentenced to 35 years in state prison when he faces his sentencing hearing Nov. 21, the prosecutor said. He will serve 30 years before being eligible for parole.
A spokesman for the prosecutor said Mr. Sheppard ended up stealing only a camcorder from the tire shop. Another man, Scott T. Wherrity, 30, was charged with trafficking and receiving stolen property for selling the camcorder, which he received from Mr. Sheppard July 9, according to authorities.
Tire Kingdom relocates HQ
JUNO BEACH, Fla.-Tire Kingdom Inc. moved into its new headquarters in Juno Beach Oct. 20, company officials said.
The retail subsidiary of TBC Corp. had renovated a former Winn Dixie grocery store in Juno Beach to replace the tire chain's former headquarters in Riviera Beach, Fla. The new headquarters occupies about 45,000 square feet, compared with the former's 33,000 square feet, TKI officials have said.
BFS signs OE truck tire deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/ Firestone and Paccar Inc. have signed a long-term global agreement that continues the use of Bridgestone-brand truck tires as standard equipment on Kenworth, Peterbilt and other Paccar vehicles.
The Nashville-based tire maker said its tires were original equipment on Kenworth and Peterbilt commercial trucks for several years. In 1991, the tire brand was selected by Paccar as the ``standard'' original equipment tire, which meant the trucks will be automatically shipped with Bridgestone tires unless the buyer specifically requests otherwise.
The new deal calls for BFS to supply Bridgestone tires to trucks sold in the Americas as well as in Europe, Mexico and Australia, according to BFS.
TIA's annual meeting Nov. 3
BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association will hold its annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 in Las Vegas.
The meeting, which in the past had been held in conjunction with the TIA President's Breakfast, this year will take place a day before the opening of the Specialty Equipment Market Association/International Tire Expo show, Nov. 4-7. It will be held at the Aladdin Resort & Casino.
In addition to its financial report, TIA will recognize outgoing board members and introduce new members. A recent election filled 14 available seats on the board. TIA also will honor three students who won merit scholarships through the 2003 Michelin/TIA Scholarship Program. The program applies to part-time employees of TIA-member tire dealers or dependent children of full-time employees at a member dealership.