NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—“Breakthrough” was the theme of Goodyear's 2016 Dealer Conference and company executives were full of good news for the approximately 1,100 Goodyear dealers in attendance about the business breakthroughs the tire maker has made.
Two major breakthroughs occurred in the last few months, according to Steve McClellan, president of Goodyear North America, one of several Goodyear executives who addressed attendees at the Jan. 27-29 conference at National Harbor, just outside the nation's capital.
Combining Goodyear's commercial and off-highway businesses was one important change outlined by Mr. McClellan, as was the reorganization of Goodyear's North American and Latin American operations into the Goodyear Americas Business Unit.
“All manufacturing plants in the whole region — including the new Americas plant in Mexico (in San Luis Potosi) — will be leveraged to serve all customers in North and Latin America,” he said.
“We are confident that the new Americas Business will serve you and your customers better by combining processes, such as product development, market forecasting and — yes — product supply. This new organization will be a huge advantage for all customers and consumers throughout the Americas.”
While Goodyear's structure has changed, its strategy hasn't changed at all, according to Mr. McClellan, who emphasized that the company is “focused on operational excellence, so we can get more of the right tires to you at the right time.”
The future looks bright for the commercial tire sector, according to Pierre Jambon, Goodyear vice president-aviation, OTR and commercial.
“Trucking will remain North America's dominant method of moving goods, with freight volume expected to grow at a steady rate,” Mr. Jambon said.