QUINCY, Ill. (Nov. 1, 2005) — Former Goodyear executive Ernest J. Rodia has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of agricultural and industrial tire and wheel maker Titan International Inc., effective Nov. 1.
After a long career with Goodyear starting as a squad trainee in 1966 in Akron, Mr. Rodia retired as vice president of global engineering and manufacturing technology in December 2003. In 1972, he was a member of the start-up design team for Goodyear's entry into radial tires and also directed tire manufacturing for the company's Europe and Asia markets.
After a short retirement, Mr. Rodia rejoined Goodyear as plant manager of its Kelly-Springfield/Goodyear farm tire plant in Freeport, Ill. At Titan, Mr. Rodia will oversee day-to-day operations and guide Titan's future growth, the company said.
He earned a mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a management degree from Harvard University.
Titan Chairman and CEO Maurice “Morry” Taylor Jr. said he is “very pleased that Ernie is joining the Titan team. We're growing, and Ernie can help us expand in our new, exciting future.”
A publicly traded company since 1993, Quincy-based Titan is considering a $350 million takeover offer by One Equity Partners L.L.C., a private equity affiliate of JPMorgan Chase & Co. The deal—pending board and stockholder approval—would take the company private, though Mr. Taylor said his positions and those of everyday management of Titan would not change.