Conti to outfit Dodge police cars
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Continental Tire North America Inc. will outfit the 2006 Dodge Charger and Magnum police-pursuit vehicles.
Conti's ContiProContact all-season performance tire (below left) will outfit the vehicles in size P225/60R18 (99V). Conti said the tire is designed for superior dry traction and wet braking as well as performance in aggressive handling maneuvers.
The ContiProContact has 13 other OE fitments, the tire maker said.
BFS sponsors trip reenactment
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bridgestone/Firestone will participate in an effort to recreate then-Lt. Col. Dwight Eisenhower's truck trip across the country in 1919.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials plans to retrace the route in June, during the 50th anniversary of the interstate highway system. BFS said it is a sponsor of the effort and also will host one of the convoy's stops, June 26 in Akron. A BFS spokesman said the event will include Ohio officials, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. founder Harvey Firestone's great-grandson, An-drew Firestone, and Mr. Eisenhower's great-grandson, Merrill Eisenhower Atwater.
BFS said it is interested in the trip because of its connection to Mr. Firestone.
The tire maker said Mr. Eisenhower-who as president in 1956 created the interstate highway system-wanted to learn whether troops could cross the country effectively by truck. A week into the trip, he dined with Mr. Firestone, who offered two trucks with pneumatic tires to join the group.
The convoy, which used mostly solid rubber tires, reached San Francisco from Washington, D.C. in 55 days averaging 6 mph. BFS said Mr. Eisenhower was sold on the idea of pneumatic tires and the need for a highway system.
Gray's launches online ordering
FORT WORTH, Texas-Gray's Wholesale Tire Distributors Inc. in Fort Worth has introduced an e-Solutions application for its dealers called Starnet.
Starnet gives customers free access to Gray's inventory and features online ordering, fitment guides, specials, plus-sizing and a retail option to assist them in everyday selling activities. Gray's said this e-Solution only requires Internet access and Microsoft Explorer.
Gray's said that since launching Starnet on April 1, it has signed more than 60 wholesale customers and has seen an increase of more than 10 percent in online orders. The distributor said its goal is to increase online orders to 40 percent within a year.
Biz owners fret illegal immigration
WASHINGTON-More than 90 percent of small business owners polled by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) see illegal immigration as a problem, with 70 percent seeing it as ``serious'' or ``very serious,'' the group said.
Eighty-six percent of those surveyed said the Bush administration and Congress should make immigration a high priority, but respondents were split evenly on the subject of amnesty.
Forty-five percent said there should be no amnesty for illegal immigrants under any circumstances, while 45 percent said amnesty was OK for immigrants who were employed and not dependent on government services. More than half supported admitting foreign nationals to fill job shortages wherever the federal government certifies they exist, and more than three-fourths said penalties should be increased for employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens.
Illegal immigration is a major topic in Congress and at the White House. The recently passed House immigration bill would make illegal immigration a felony for the first time and mandate the building of a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Senate bill, endorsed by President Bush, is less harsh than the House bill, setting up a temporary guest worker program for aliens but including nothing about amnesty for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. The Senate bill is moving toward approval following a bipartisan agreement concerning amendment and other measures, but major differences between the Senate and House versions still are unresolved.
NFIB launches employer hotline
WASHINGTON-The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has launched an Employment Law Hotline for NFIB members who seek legal advice on employment issues.
The NFIB is teaming up with Washington law firm Arent Fox P.L.L.C. on this project, according to an NFIB press release.
Users may leave a message on the hotline, and within 24 hours an Arent Fox attorney will call them back with the answer, the federation said.
Among the issues covered by the hotline are labor and management relations, pensions and health benefits, discrimination and immigration issues, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For more information on the hotline, call (800) NFIB-NOW-or (800) 634-2669.