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American Tire Corp., the ubiquitous OTR tire “manufacturer” that pumps out “press releases” at a near record rate, is still hot on buying Goodyear’s entire North American OTR tire business.

According to its latest missive, ATC said it would hold information events for its employees, and has invited a number of senior Goodyear experts to speak at these.

ATC said it will hold these information events “on a regular basis until its purchase of Goodyear’s Topeka OTR tire plant is finally realized.”

Not only that, but ATC plans to establish a negotiating team in an effort to acquire the Akron giant’s OTR biz.That may be one lonely negotiating table; to be kind, I would not expect Goodyear to attend.

Still waiting for my invitation for the groundbreaking for ATC’s $500 million radial OTR tire plant, located in a secret place somewhere in Washington state. Oddly, though, my friends on the business desk of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the state’s largest newspaper, have not heard of such a massive project. Apparently they just haven’t gotten any of the press releases.

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