Fla. dealership signs with ACCC
MIAMI-South Dade Automotive in Miami has become a member distributor for American Car Care Centers Inc. (ACCC), giving the national marketing and distribution group a foothold in Florida.
ACCC said South Dade Automotive is a strong regional distributor in the Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Myers and Tampa markets in the state. The company also exports to dealers in the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America. South Dade distributes Continental, General, Roadmaster, Falken and Nankang tire lines. As it joins ACCC, South Dade will add Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands as well as ACCC's American Radial private brand line.
Len Lewin, president and COO of ACCC, said the deal is a big step for his company, which has lacked distribution in the Florida market for the past couple of years.
Goodyear names marketing director
AKRON-Goodyear has named Donn Kramer director of marketing, commercial tire systems, for its North American Tire (NAT) unit.
Mr. Kramer, who most recently was director of consumer tire marketing, will take over the marketing duties from Dave Beasley, who briefly had headed both the sales and marketing duties in NAT's commercial segment.
Mr. Kramer returned to NAT in 2002 after serving as Goodyear's director, global product planning. Mr. Beasley was named director of commercial sales in 2002, and took over the marketing duties this past summer.
IBM to handle Michelin's IT
ARMONK, N.Y.-Group Michelin will turn over management and maintenance of its information technology infrastructure in North America and Europe to IBM Corp. under the terms of an eight-year, $1.2 billion agreement signed recently.
The agreement ties into Michelin's efforts to achieve optimal financial results by applying best practices in technology adoption and accessing the best skills available in the domain of information technology, the Greenville, S.C.-based tire maker said. The agreement will affect about 600 Michelin employees worldwide, who will join IBM in the first quarter 2004.
Under the terms of this agreement, IBM will be responsible for IT production operations and management, user support, technical support, solution industrialization and distribution of servers, workstations, PCs, software and production applications.
Manzullo blasts USPS retread plan
WASHINGTON-The U.S. Postal Service's plan to change its methods of retread tire procurement ``could result in severe economic consequences to a number of family-owned-and-operated small businesses,'' said Rep. Donald Manzullo, R-Ill., in a letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter.
The USPS believes giving a nationwide retreading contract to a large retreading technology firm will enhance the agency's retread procurement. But Mr. Manzullo sides with the Tire Industry Association and the Tire Retread Information Bureau on behalf of smaller, local retreaders who often depend on local USPS contracts.
Littlefield joins lobbying group
BOWIE, Md.-Roy Littlefield, Tire Industry Association (TIA) executive vice president, has been named secretary and treasurer for 2004 of the lobbying group American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA).
The group represents motorists, truckers, tire manufacturers, auto makers, oil refiners and other businesses that depend on efficient highways. Its top legislative priority, according to TIA, is passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act without a motor fuel tax increase or the imposition of a national weight-distance tax. TIA said accomplishing that would eliminate the Federal Excise Tax on new truck tires.