Dunlop Ala. plant officially closed
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -Goodyear officially closed its Goodyear Dunlop Tires plant in Huntsville Dec. 5.
The tire maker identified the 34-year-old factory in this year's union negotiations as a target for closure because of its high operating costs.
Goodyear took over operating control of the plant in 1999 when it formed its global alliance with Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. and acquired 75-percent ownership of the Dunlop tire plants in the U.S. and Europe.
The plant had a daily capacity of 27,000 passenger and light truck tires and employed 1,100 hourly and salaried workers.
BFS phasing out U.S. bias truck tires
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone will phase out supply of bias medium truck and bus tires to the U.S. and Canada after 2006, a spokesman said.
The tires, which are made in Mexico, represent a small percentage of BFS' business, and most dealers are moving away from them if they haven't already, the spokesman said.
``The demand is just down and continues to decline,'' he said. Only about 3 percent of truck tires sold in the U.S. are bias-ply, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association shipment data through August.
He said the tire maker has some existing contracts for the tires that will run through 2006, and it intends to fulfill those.
Magazines laud two Goodyear tires
AKRON-Goodyear said its two-piece off-road tire assembly was named one of the Top 100 products by Construction Equipment, and its Goodyear G395 LHS steer-axle tire for long haul applications was added to the ``Terrific 20'' list compiled by Truck Sales & Leasing.
Launched this summer, the two-piece assembly is designed to reduce costs and improve performance through a separate casing and treadbelt. The steer tire, also launched this year, offers uniform treadwear and high retreadability, according to Goodyear.
Goodyear said the construction magazine examined more than 700 product introductions and looked for advances in technology, new product lines, significant improvements to existing products or a product that increases competition in its field. For the truck magazine, Goodyear said editors there looked at the product's innovation, serviceability and performance.
Michelin helps offer free air
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin North America Inc. has partnered with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to open Inflation Stations at all welcome centers in the state, the tire maker said.
Air compressors will be available to motorists at the stations at no charge during the welcome centers' operating hours, Michelin said.
Michelin officials cited a recent survey that found 20 percent of all drivers don't own a tire gauge, and 25 percent have never changed a tire.
GM certifies wheel packages
LAS VEGAS-General Motors Corp. said it will offer 10 wheel-and-tire packages for the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups in a move to help its dealers cash in on the lucrative automotive aftermarket.
GM offers dealers more than 500 accessories for all its vehicles and hopes to break 1,000 by the end of 2004, said Gary Cowger, president of GM North America, during the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.
The new GM wheels will be certified by the company, lessening potential liability for car dealers-a concern GM expressed earlier this year.