January, 2007 Archives - Tire Review Magazine
Work Resumes at Kenda Vietnam Factory

According to a report from Reuters, Taiwanese tiremaker Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. said it will resume work at its Vietnam factory May 16 following anti-China riots. A spokesman for the company also told Reuters that Kenda will make up for two days’ production lost due to the riots by adding shifts.

Former Bridgestone Firestone Property Sold

Binswanger, an international real estate organization, announced the sale of an approximately 2.6 million square-foot building in Oklahoma City formerly owned by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC.

Alldata Releases Upgrade

Alldata has released its updated strategic Shop Management System, Alldata Manage Elite. Formerly called Service Center, Alldata Manage is designed to help professional automotive repair shops increase productivity and profitability.

KTI Announces New Representative Agency

K-Tool International (KTI), a leading manufacturer of tools and specialty equipment for the automotive aftermarket and professional mechanic, has selected Strategic Marketing as its representative in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Fountain Tire Expands in Grande Prairie

Fountain Tire will open a second location in Grande Prairie at the start of 2008, to better serve the growing economy.

Cooper Tire Announces Finance Moves

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced several position changes and re-assignments connected with its recently announced joint venture company in Quer

Jamaican Company is Newest TRIB Member

MS A TIRE JA Ltd., based in Jamaica, has joined the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).

T&WA Sells Tire Mounting Business Assets

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that T&WA Inc., a tire mounting business based in Louisville, Ky., has sold all of its assets to EnovaPremier LLC. Goodyear has had a minority ownership interest in T&WA since 1999.

Les Schwab Chairman to Retire in 2008

Les Schwab Tire Centers announced today that company Chairman Phil Wick will retire in December 2008.

Tire Store Fire May be Tied to Former Owner’s Murder

Fire Officials in Fort Myers are investigating whether or not a Dec. 24 fire that caused some $300,000 in damage to Leal’s Tires & Wheels is related to the murder of former owner Epimenio “Epi” Leal.

Kumho to Increase Prices in 2008

Kumho Tire U.S.A. will increase tire prices up to 8%, effective Feb. 1, 2008. Price increases will vary, depending on the tire line and model.

Ontario Watches as Quebec Implements Snow Tire Law

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is watching as Quebec becomes the first province requiring snow tires on vehicles in the winter months, but says it has “no plans to implement this now.”