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February 14, 2012
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You know, in these troubled times of high unemployment and the devastation it brings to so many people and their families, it is always great news when our great industry creates great opportunities for great careers.

Over the past year alone, the tire industry has added the potential for thousands of new manufacturing and management jobs.

We wanted to alert everyone of some unique opportunities that recently came up, some top-flight tire jobs in the Pacific Northwest that were posted on the State of Washington Employment Security Department website on Feb. 3.

Washington Tire Corp. (yes, that Washington Tire Corp.) is looking for an “Investor Relations Coordinator,” a “Legal Counsel” and “Department Managers.”

Abraham Hengyucius (aka Hengyu Zhang, aka Abe Hengyucius, aka Abraham Zhang), as president of WTC (and also of Colorado Tire Corp., which is based in Tacoma and still uses the verbotem American Tire Corp. logo, as well), posted the job openings. Apparently he is still planning to build a tire manufacturing plant in Washington.

To help speed your application process, here are the complete job descriptions as posted online:
 
Investor Relations Coordinator: Plans, directs or coordinates funding strategies or operations for a large pool of liquid assets supplied by institutional investors or individual investors. Directs and oversees the company’s investor relations function. Communicates with shareholders and/or the general financial community to develop and maintain positive relationships. Implements strategies to ensure the organization's relationships with shareholders.”
 
Legal Counsel: 1. Manage all legal issues to achieve corporate objectives. 2. Draft, negotiate, and review legal documents and contracts, including but not limited to subscription agreements, operating agreement and PPM, etc. 3. Provide legal advice, interpretations, and recommendations on corporate policies, government compliance, and employment issues. 4. Analyze legal risks, resolve issues, and implement business strategies.”
 
Department Managers: 1. BS/BA degree. 2. Have management experience with any of the following areas: a) OTR tires; b) Construction management; c) Fundraising management; d) Legal practice in corporation law and finance; 3. Good at public relations.
 
If you are interested in applying for any of those positions, simply click on the links above. And you might want to do a search on our website or a Google search on Abraham Hengyucius (aka Hengyu Zhang, aka Abe Hengyucius, aka Abraham Zhang). That should give you sufficient background information for your job interview with WTC/CTC.

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And since we’re already in the area, last week the Washington State Senate approved a bill that would allow drivers to use a new form of tractive device on their tires. Something called “tire socks.”

Folks in Oregon and Washington know well the battles over metal studs and tire chains during the sometimes awful winter weather. Tire socks, the Senate decided, will deliver improved snow and ice traction for drivers without the nasty pavement damage that suds and chains deliver.

One small problem, though: The Washington State Senate may be the only group of people in the state with any idea what a tire sock is. According to KREM-TV, “not many people, including local tire stores, have ever heard of them.”
 
The station said it contacted 10 tire shops and parts stores around Spokane, and only two of the businesses heard of tire socks.

For the record, a tire sock is a textile device that slips over a tire and is secured over the tread. A driver with moderate mechanical ability can install them in less than 15 minutes. According to friends in Europe, where the socks originated, they are pretty good, though not as good on ice as studs.

Heck, us easterners have heard of them. We’ve even heard of another product that could improve vehicle traction while saving tax money: They are called “winter tires” and many countries and regions make them mandatory during winter months to much success in improved driver safety and reduced pavement damage.
 
But “tire socks” are OK, too. Might want to score a set to send to the state House of Representatives as a show-and-tell aid. That might help get the bill passed.