"This (right to repair) legislation is not necessary at this time. The agreement is working better than we thought it would. We got more information from the auto makers in the last year than ever before in our history." - Robert Redding, Washington representative for the Automotive Service Association (ASA), commenting on the debate about whether the industry needs a right-to-repair bill.
``That document is so crazy.... It doesn't have the chance of a snowball in hell.'' - Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB), on retreaders objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's plan to issue a nationwide contract for retread tire procurement.
``I believe it is time for a change, and this is an instance of my head overruling my heart. While my heart is telling me that I can stay, my head is telling me it is time for a fresh set of eyes, a new perspective and increased energy levels.'' - John Lampe, 56, Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. chairman, president and CEO, telling employees he would retire March 31.
``Tires are not like wine-they don't get better with age.'' - Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, at a news conference announcing he would sponsor a bill requiring retailers to tell customers when their tires were made, as well as undertake a study on tire aging and safety.
``In our opinion, this is (Goodyear's) most important product launch in the last 10 years.'' - Saul Ludwig, analyst for McDonald Investments Inc., on news Goodyear would launch Assurance, a high-end, all-season tire.
``For the dealer, we see nothing but good news for those who are diversified.'' - Gary Nash, Yokohama Tire Corp.'s director of OTR sales, predicting a good year due, in part, to the Iraq war spurring off-road tire production.
``That has not always been a reality in North American Tire. This is our new reality in North American Tire.'' - Robert Keegan, Goodyear chairman and CEO, telling Goodyear dealers at their annual meeting that the tire maker's executive leadership team shares a singular direction and strategy.
``It used to be that McDonald's paid minimum wage. Now...they'll pay about what a number of tire stores are willing to pay a farm tech....'' - Bruce Docter, manager of Nebraska Tire, Firth, Neb., noting the difficulty in finding good help.
``Branding the tire at the manufacturing point would mean the creation of Vermont-only tires and opens up the potential for other states enacting similar customization.'' - John Falardeau, state legislative manager for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, on a proposed Vermont Senate bill mandating state tire labeling and scrap tire use requirements.
``Everybody can say I will develop a line, I will put my best technology on one specific line on one specific segment. The key point is to be consistent in all brands, in all the types of segments year after year.'' - Jean-Michel Guillon, executive vice president of Michelin North America Inc. and COO of Michelin Americas Small Tires, at the tire maker's dealer meeting last February in Naples, Fla.
``Our Avon brand has been successfully sold in Europe for many years spurred on by the rich heritage of racing throughout Europe in various open-wheel series. The time is right to capitalize on that expertise in the U.S. and Canadian markets, and we believe Tire Rack is the right retailer to do just that.'' - Tom Dattilo, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. chairman, CEO and president, announcing South Bend, Ind.,-based mail order/online tire marketer Tire Rack snagged an exclusive distribution deal for Cooper's Avon brand.
``Politically, what can you do? We're not giving up on the idea, but we're being realistic in that we realize we must have an industry consensus before we can go ahead.'' - Roy E. Littlefield III, TIA executive vice president, on the association dropping plans to push a checkoff program before Congress.
When plus-sizing ``you need to go to the load tables. The problem is that tire engineers have the load tables, but tire dealers don't. We need to get them this information.'' - Guy Edington, managing director of Kumho Tire Co.'s North American Technical Center in Akron, speaking at the Clemson University Tire Industry Conference.
``We realize we can't be a global leader. We want to be a fast follower but also a leader in niche markets.'' - Sae-Chul Oh, Kumho Tire Co. Inc. president and CEO, speaking of the South Korean tire maker's goal for the next few years.
``I want to start taking it easy before you get to that point that you say I should've started taking it easy.'' - Bob Malerba, owner of Malerba's Silver City Tire Co. Inc., Meriden, Conn., announcing he sold the three-outlet commercial dealership to Bob Berlin, who rebadged the stores Berlin Bandag Inc.
``If anybody's been in the tire business and they say they never had a wheel fall off or come loose, they're lying to you.'' - Barry Steinberg, owner of Direct Tire & Auto Service in Watertown, Mass., commenting for a Tire Business story about improper torqueing of custom wheels.
``We got a lot of people in the industry to at least recognize who TIA is and what we do and to actually stand up and give us some dues and support us. That had a big impact financially.'' - Larry Morgan, outgoing Tire Industry Association president, on some of his most significant accomplishments during his presidency.
``S-rated and T-rated tires are going away. In the near future...all will be H-rated or higher.'' - Bob Toth, Goodyear marketing manager for auto tires, noting a trend toward higher-speed-rated tires as original equipment, with H-rated becoming the new broadline tire.
``It's painful letting the retail stores go. I run into lots of people who tell me how many generations in their family have dealt with our automotive service stores, for which we're certainly grateful.'' - Ken Rice, president of Donald B. Rice Tire Co., after deciding to sell five retail outlets to Monro Muffler Brake Inc. so the dealership can concentrate on its commercial business.
``I'm clearly the first tire recycler to become president. One thing that I think I can do is bring everyone together to work toward the issues that we have in common.'' - Dick Gust, the Tire Industry Association's new president, on his agenda.
``I would urge service shops to take the high road and not remove the devices.'' - Claude Harris, director of the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in regard to tire pressure monitoring systems on aftermarket tires and wheels.