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Published on March 16, 2009

Letters: Writing job descriptions; winter fuel economy

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Help needed


I've read articles in Tire Business for years, including Dan Marinucci's columns, and have appreciated his upbeat and straightforward approach to solving problems and giving advice.


I need some help with trying to find and/or write some good employee job descriptions for our shop. I am a third-generation retail tire store owner who has learned a lot about the business from hands-on experience and from finally admitting that my father, who co-founded our dealership, has a wealth of knowledge, and I'd better tap into that before it's too late to do so.


I have written, with the assistance of a software program and the review of others, a pretty nice employee handbook, which I have no problem sharing with others. But it seems that I have not been able to find the resources or others who may have already written their own employee job descriptions. I'm hoping someone has a willingness to share their material with me so I can possibly adapt it to our own shop's needs.


We are a six-bay shop with a store manager, service writer, shop foreman/trainer, bookkeeper/office manager, one ASE-certified Master Technician, one ASE front-end and sus¬pension/brake tech and four tire techs, in addition to myself, “Chief, Cook and Bottle Washer.”


I'm wondering if anyone has anything in their shop owner's toolbox that might help us. With the economy the way it's going, I am reading as much as I can to stay ahead of the curve, but I'm hoping I might not have to re-invent the wheel.


I believe along with our employee handbook, a good job description on file for each employee would be a good resource when hiring and at our annual performance review of each employee.


Does anyone have anything that might be of assistance?


Ed Tuck III


President/CEO


T&T Tire Factory Inc.


Tacoma, Wash.


Winter fuel economy woes


Dan Marinucci gave a nice engineering explanation in his column (Feb. 2, Tire Business) about the fuel economy issue and how operating efficiencies and fuel blends change in cold weather.


But here in Maine there are other issues as well. Installing snow-specific tires has an impact on rolling resistance. Another factor creating even more impact on fuel economy both summer and winter is our state's requirement for E-10 gasoline—which can reduce fuel mileage by as much as 10 percent.


Jim McCurdy


President


Maine Commercial Tire Co.


Hermon, Maine

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