Ryder renews BFS supply contract
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Transportation logistics provider Ryder System Inc. has renewed its tire supply contract with Bridgestone/Firestone for Ryder's 14,000-plus vehicles.
BFS has partnered with Ryder since 1990. During that time, BFS said, Ryder has bought from the firm more than 4.9 million original equipment and replacement tires-an average of nearly 900 per day.
BFS did not disclose the length of the contract extension.
Ryder sources retreads from Bandag Inc. through independent Bandag franchisees and Bandag's own Tire Distribution Systems Inc. (TDS) outlets. BFS operates 20 Bandag retread plants through its GCR Tires subsidiary.
NHTSA rules on recalled tires
WASHINGTON-Tire makers may use recalled tires in the construction of landfills, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ruled in response to a petition from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).
The original language of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act sought explicitly to limit the landfilling of tires returned to the manufacturer in a safety recall. Clarifying the law at the RMA's request, however, NHTSA determined that using recalled tires in a civil engineering capacity in landfill construction is not the same as simply burying a tire in a landfill.
Yokohama, BFS hiking tire prices
AKRON-Yokohama Tire Corp., Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire L.L.C. and Bridgestone/ Firestone Canada Inc. are raising tire prices due to escalating raw materials costs.
Yokohama hiked prices on its off-the-road tires by 3-8 percent April 1. Additional in-line adjustments will be made, and the Fullerton, Calif.-based tire maker said it will provide dealers with detailed pricing.
BFS North American Tire and and its Canadian counterpart are increasing tire prices by as much as 8 percent. The firms said the hikes affect Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton, associate and private brand passenger and light truck, truck and bus and agricultural and off-the-road tires. The increases cover tires destined for the aftermarket, original equipment customers and export channels.
BFS said the changes will take place May 1 for truck and bus tires and June 1 for all other tire lines and channels.
Big O picks auto parts supplier
PHOENIX-Big O Tires Inc. has chosen CSK Auto Inc.'s wholesale division as a preferred supplier for Big O's automotive and light truck parts and accessories.
CSK ProShop, the commercial sales component of CSK Auto, is a wholesale supplier of automotive parts and accessories, serving automotive professionals in the West, Midwest, Alaska and Hawaii. CSK Auto is a wholly owned subsidiary of CSK Auto Corp. and operates 1,134 stores in 19 states as Checker Auto Parts, Schuck's Auto Supply and Kragen Auto Parts.
RAC to hold `Be Tire Smart Week'
TORONTO-The Rubber Association of Canada (RAC) and the Canadian government will host the second annual ``Be Tire Smart Week'' April 24-30.
In the U.S., the Rubber Manufacturers Association is hosting its National Tire Safety Week, also a branch of the ``Be Tire Smart-Play Your PART'' campaign, during the same dates in April. The U.S. program is in its fourth year.
Like the U.S. campaign, the RAC's aim is educating motorists about proper tire maintenance.