Lampe, Marangoni in TIA Hall of Fame
BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has selected John Lampe, retired chairman, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc., and Mario Marangoni, founder and chairman, CEO and president of Italy's Marangoni Group, for induction into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame for 2004.
A selection committee chose the two executives based on their achievements and leadership that have helped shape the tire industry, TIA said.
They will be inducted officially into the Hall of Fame during TIA's Breakfast with the President session, scheduled from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, during the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Tickets for the event are $30 and can be ordered online at www.tireindustry.org.
Goodyear plans non-tire job cuts
AKRON-Goodyear plans to cut about 340 positions in its non-tire businesses within the next 14 months in a cost-cutting move.
The tire maker said it will cut about 240 positions from its Engineered Products division plus another 100 in the chemical unit.
The company said the Engineered Products reduction will result in a charge of $23.5 million to $27.5 million. Goodyear also will reverse between $4 million and $8 million of reserves related to previous programs in the business unit. The reduction in the chemical business will result in a charge of $5.5 million to $6 million.
TIA elects 13 members to board
BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association elected 13 directors to its board following an election of its members.
Ten of the directors were elected to three-year terms. They include: John Adams of Big O Tires Inc., Centennial, Colo.; Gary Albright of Becker Tire & Retreading Inc., Great Bend, Kan.; Mike Berra Jr. of Community Tire Retreading, St. Louis; Bob Katz of Nu-Tread Tire Co., East Boston, Mass.; Bud Mullaney of Mullaney Tire Service, Matawan, N.J.; Tom Raben of Raben Tire Co., Evansville, Ind.; Warren Secord of Warren Secord Tire Factory, Kent, Wash.; Doug Swanson of Modern Tire Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.; Mark Whaley of Iowa Mold Tooling, Garner, Iowa; and Stu Zurcher of Trans-wheel Corp., Huntington, Ind.
Three directors were elected to one-year terms. They include: Ken Brown of Alan Brown Tire Center, Newport, Ore.; Wayne Croswell of ASA Tire Systems, Nashua, N.H.; and David Inscoe of University Tire & Auto Center, Charlottesville, Va.
Goodyear invests in Kelly plant
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.-Goodyear will invest $30 million through year-end 2005 in its Kelly-Springfield car and light truck tire plant in Fayetteville to expand warehousing space and add tire production equipment.
The new project is in addition to a $17.7 million investment the tire maker announced in June to build larger diameter tires at the facility.
Goodyear said the equipment will increase the plant's ability to produce Kelly and custom-brand tires. The warehouse expansion will add 196,000 square feet to the 2-million-sq.-ft. facility.
``There's no question that the plant's performance in recent years has played a big part in the decision to invest there,'' said Brant Schnackenberg, vice president of manufacturing for Goodyear's North American Tire unit.
No jobs will be added at the plant as part of the expansion, but the projects will increase the productivity and cost effectiveness of the 35-year-old plant, company officials said. Employment there now is 2,650; daily capacity is listed as 64,000 units.
Mitas changes name, relocates
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J.-Mitas U.S. Inc., the U.S. distributing arm of Czech Republic's Ceska Gumarenska Spol. (CGS) A.S., is changing its name to CGS Tires U.S. Inc. and moving from New Jersey to Charlotte, N.C.
The changes are related to CGS's acquisition in June of Continental A.G.'s agricultural tire business, according to Dennis Z. Vavrik, president of the U.S. company.
CGS Tires chose Charlotte to be closer to Continental Tire North America Inc., which is headquartered in Charlotte, Mr. Vavrik said. The deal with Conti makes Prague-based CGS responsible for Continental-, Semperit-, Barum- and Euzkadi-brand ag tires, the companies said.
CGS Tires will take up residence in Charlotte officially on Oct. 1. It's new address is 7400 Carmel Executive Park, Suite 345, Charlotte, N.C. 28226. Phone (704) 542-3422; Fax: (704) 542-3474.