Lampe a 'great leader'
Having grown up in the family tire business and being associated with Dayton Tire since 1962 and now Bridgestone/Firestone (BFS), I have had the opportunity to meet many great people, both dealers and manufacturers, throughout the years. But the one person I have admired the most has been and still is John Lampe, recently retired CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holding (BAH) Inc.
From our first trip to Europe, all the Dayton and BFS marketing meetings, and especially during the Firestone Wilderness AT/Ford debacle, John has shown that he was a true friend and great leader. He will truly be missed by all.
But, after having had the opportunity to meet and dine with BAH's new CEO Mark Emkes at a recent Agricultural Dealer Council meeting in Phoenix, I can assure everyone that John has left the company-and especially us dealers-in great hands. It's great to be associated with people who have ``a passion for excellence.''
John R. Miller
W. Glenn Sedam Inc.
Causes of mistrust
About your ``late news'' story in the March 1 issue titled ``Ford dealers get direct purchase option with MAST,'' business is tough enough.
Does Michelin really believe the independent tire dealer is receptive to supplying and then training a competitor?
On a ``corporate level,'' I doubt that Michelin would have any interest in helping another manufacturer cut into its market share, particularly for ``delivery and servicing commissions.''
It is this lack of concern and respect for the independent tire dealer that has caused mistrust between dealer and supplier in the past.
Wanted: Retorquing info
After reading Peggy Fisher's column on retorquing of lug nuts, I was wondering if you could tell me where I could find more information on the Recommended Practice (RP) RP237 Retorquing Guidelines for Disc Wheels. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Rick's Tire Service Inc.
Editor's note: For more information on RP237 Retorquing Guidelines for Disc Wheels, contact the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations Inc., 2200 Mill Road, Alexandria, Va. 22314. Phone: (703) 838-1763. E-mail: [email protected] or visit the association's Web site at http://tmc.truckline.com.
As a small independent tire dealer, we would like someone to explain to us why the tire manufacturers cannot make a good true round tire-especially in sizes such as 265/75R16.
The larger the tire, the greater the problem. It's an everyday occurrence, and every tire dealer we talk with says the same thing.
The sad part is, we run into this more with American-made rather than with foreign-made tires.
In & Out Tire Sales