The following comments were received via e-mail at www.tirebusiness.com:
Strike effects felt
I find it funny that American Tire Distributors Inc. recently made a comment about how the Goodyear strike wasn't affecting its tire business.
In fact, they stated that they increased their supplies.
I don't think they look at their own back orders. We have had to go to different companies just to get the tires we needed. In some sizes they didn't have a single one available in any brand. Hope they wake up and stop (offering) so many sizes.
R & R Tire Shop
Unhappy Conti retiree
I retired from Continental Tire North America Inc. as a regional manager for the company's off-road department.
When I first started in 1957 I was promised full benefits for life. Since then they have watered down the package.
I stayed with the company for 33 years-moving every three years during that time for various assignments-because of these promises, even though I had many good offers from other companies.
When I retired in 1991, I purchased one of Conti's company-owned tire stores in Springfield, Mo. I kept it until 1995, when I sold it, retired and moved to California.
For anyone who's interested, there is a Web site set up for Continental and General retirees. It can be accessed at: www.genretire. homestead.com/1.html
Tire trees well-liked
I enjoyed seeing on the www.tirebusiness.com Web site the photo of the huge tire tree set up at Good Tire Service Inc. in Kittanning, Pa. (See a photo of the display on page 5 in this issue.)
All of our stores also are decorated with tire trees constructed under the direction of Sandi and Traci William.
Good Tire Service owner Denton Good is right-customers entering the stores always comment positively on the tire trees.
Vice president, finance
Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc.