BFS must recall 323 truck tires
WASHINGTON-Bridgestone/Firestone must recall 323 Bridgestone S892 truck tires, size 445/50R22.5 20 Ply, Load Range L, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ruled.
BFS petitioned NHTSA for a finding of inconsequential noncompliance for the tires-manufactured at the Bridgestone plant in Tochigi, Japan-which had the wrong maximum load and maximum pressure molded on the sidewalls. Because the stated maximum load on the sidewalls was less than the actual maximum load, the tire maker argued, there was little chance the mismarkings would adversely affect tire safety.
But the agency ruled that the stated maximum pressure would support 140 pounds less than the stated maximum load and thus still be potentially hazardous to drivers.
Del-Nat names new president
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Del-Nat Tire Corp. has promoted Ed Fabrizio to president, replacing Dan Hunter, who left the company in March.
Tire dealer Dick Erickson, who had served as interim president since Mr. Hunter's departure, said Mr. Fabrizio's appointment was effective June 6. Mr. Fabrizio most recently had been vice president of business development and North American sales manager prior to that. He joined Del-Nat roughly five years ago and is a 30-year veteran of the tire industry, Mr. Erickson said.
``We knew that someone from the inside should have a feeling for what we're doing (and) it would be less of a learning curve for someone on the inside,'' Mr. Erickson told Tire Business.
Mr. Erickson, who also is chairman of Del-Nat and owner of Sun Tire Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla., said he doesn't expect any major changes as Mr. Fabrizio begins work. Mr. Hunter had been president of Del-Nat since 2001.
Goodyear shifts retail structure
AKRON-The retirement of E.A. ``Chip'' Sterosky as Goodyear's general manager of countrywide retail has prompted a series of changes in the management structure of the tire maker's retail operations division.
With Mr. Sterosky's retirement, the management of Goodyear's 624 company-owned Gemini Auto Service Centers will be divided among Dave Cranston, general manager-east, and Gary Sass, general manager-west. Both will report to Mike Blackburn, general manager of retail operations.
The position of manager of retail sales promotions-vacated by Mr. Sass-also will report to Mr. Blackburn. The company has not yet named someone to that position.
Mr. Sterosky elected to retire after more than 30 years with the Akron-based tire company.
Overall, Goodyear Retail Operations is responsible for 763 company-owned tire stores, including 139 operated under the Just Tires retail format.
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.
Nominations also can be submitted online at www.tirebusiness.com.