Beach elected TIA secretary
Bowie, MD-Dan Beach, president and CEO of the Tire Alliance Groupe (TAG), has been elected secretary of the Tire Industry Association (TIA) during during a TIA board meeting April 22 in Louisville, Ky.
He will begin serving in his new post Nov. 1. The secretary position proceeds through the officers' chairs and places Mr. Beach in line for the one-year term as president of the association from November 2008 through October 2009. Mr. Beach began his current term on TIA's board in November 2003.
BFS Quebec workers OK pact
JOLIETTE, Quebec-Union workers at Bridgestone/Firestone Canada Inc.'s Joliette car and light truck tire plant have ratified a new six-year agreement, three months before the existing agreement was to expire.
More than 80 percent of the voting members of Syndicat des Travailleurs de Bridgestone/Firestone de Joliette approved the pact May 23. The union is part of the Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, a Quebec-based labor organization.
BFS Canada said in a release that the results of the negotiation were beneficial to both sides and secures more than $10 million in positive economic impact for the Joliette region-located less than 50 miles north of Montreal.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, although BFS said the contract provides an improved employee pension fund, which was one of the major issues in the negotiations.
BFS Canada manufactures about 12,500 radial passenger and light truck tires a day at Joliette, with a work force of more than 1,300.
Goodyear credit rating upgraded
NEW YORK-Moody's Investors Service has changed Goodyear's rating outlook to stable from negative and confirmed the Akron tire maker's credit ratings.
The actions resulted from the resolution of several of Goodyear's accounting concerns, remediation plans management has implemented to address internal control issues and continued momentum in the company's operating results and liquidity profile, Moody's said.
The ratings firm also said it anticipated that Goodyear's recent improved financial results will be sustained and that the company will maintain a good liquidity profile.
Michelin to hike truck tire prices
GREENVILLE, S.C.-Michelin North America Inc. will increase prices on its commercial tire lines up to 8 percent, the tire maker said.
Commercial truck tire prices will be hiked by 3 to 5 percent effective July 1 for Michelin's directly billed North American fleet accounts and Sept. 1 for dealer accounts. The increases apply to Michelin and BFGoodrich brand replacement tires sold in the U.S., the Greenville-based tire maker said.
Earthmover tire prices will increase an average of 7 percent on replacement tires sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico effective July 1.
Agricultural tire prices also will rise by an average of 5 percent for all replacement tires sold in Canada and an average of 8 percent for all replacement tires sold in the U.S., effective July 1.
Cooper names dir. customer marketing
FINDLAY, Ohio-Steve D. Sawyer has been named director, customer marketing, for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
Mr. Sawyer will be responsible for Cooper's customer service, program pricing and price operations. A Cooper veteran since 1985, he previously worked as logistics coordinator, transport manager, domestic and international customer service manager and marketing services manager. Most recently he served as marketing program pricing manager.
TB humanitarian deadline nears
AKRON-The deadline to nominate a deserving tire dealer or retreader for the 2005 Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award is drawing near.
July 31 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the Tire Business-sponsored award, which annually recognizes a dealer or retreader for his or her charitable and/or civic work.
This year's recipient will receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of his or her choice and will be honored at the Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show, Nov. 1-4, in Las Vegas. To submit a nomination, call Tire Business at (330) 865-6121.