RPN honors Cooper's Dattilo
AKRON-Rubber & Plastics News, a sister publication of Tire Business, has named Thomas A. Dattilo, Cooper chairman, president and CEO, its Rubber Industry Executive of the Year.
The editors of RPN cited Mr. Dattilo's achievements in transforming the company into a more flexible, dynamic enterprise.
These include: growth of nearly 25 percent; repositioning Cooper as a flag line in North America; establishment of a high-performance product range; selling its Cooper-Standard Automotive division for a premium; and his role as chairman of the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
Mr. Dattilo, 53, is the second Cooper CEO to receive the RPN honor; Ivan W. Gorr, Cooper's top executive from 1989 to 1994, won the award in 1989.
J.D. Power to revamp tire brand survey
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.- J.D. Power and Associates has disclosed it is revamping its consumer tire replacement brand analysis survey and will release the analysis either in 2005 or 2006.
Also, to fund growth plans, J.D. Power said it is looking at options that could include the sale of the consumer research and consulting firm.
The company hired private investment firm Evercore Partners of New York to propose options.
Toyo joins CORR series as sponsor
INDIANAPOLIS-Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. is making its first venture into off-road racing, joining the Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) Lucas Oil Series in 2005 as the fourth tire maker to participate in the series.
Toyo said it will have the right tire to compete immediately and will be involved with teams this year.
Kumho Tire U.S.A. recently was named the official tire of the series, and Michelin North America Inc.'s BFGoodrich brand, along with Goodyear, are associate sponsors.
Louisana man wins Cooper contest
FINDLAY, Ohio-A Baton Rouge, La., man won Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Ultimate Bowl Tour promotion, sending him on a trip to five college football bowl games in seven days.
Robert Simmons, 62, entered the contest online and was randomly selected. Traveling by private jet, he and three friends attended bowl games in San Antonio, Memphis, Tenn., Pasadena, Calif., New Orleans and Miami, with all expenses paid.
``The response from consumers-whether they are tire buyers, college football fans, people who like to enter contests or all three-was overwhelming,'' said Carl Casalbore, Cooper's vice president of marketing and retail sales.
In addition to the grand prize, the contest awarded 25 first place certificates of up to $500 for sets of Cooper tires and 50 second prizes for limited edition ESPN/Cooper Tire Ultimate Bowl Tour football jerseys.
British firm acquires Synair
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-Chattanooga-based Synair Inc., developer and marketer of Tyrfil and Tyrlyner polyurethane tire-filling materials, has been bought by British Vita P.L.C., a maker of industrial plastics and foams. The purchase price was $28.3 million.
Middleton, England-based British Vita said Synair will complement its Hyperlast PU systems business in North America and Synair's Preston, England-based Chemical Innovations Ltd. (CIL) subsidiary will fit into its European business.