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Remembering Jim: A Publisher’s Perspective

Dear tire industry and Tire Review readers, We are still waiting for word from Jim’s family on final arrangements and will pass the information to you when it is available. We thank you for your messages of support and will be sure to share them with his family. As a tribute to Jim, we will

Remembering Jim: First Impressions

Due to the recent passing of longtime Tire Review Editor Jim Smith, we’d like to take a look back at Jim’s start with the magazine. Jim started working with Tire Review in October 1999. He had just moved back from Nashville after stints with Stumpf Bartels Advertising and Bridgestone Americas. Click here for the column

Remembering Jim: Ed Wagner Leadership Award

Longtime Tire Review Editor Jim Smith devoted his life to the tire and automotive industry and the people who worked in it. After nearly 30 years in the industry, Jim was honored for his dedication to independent tire dealers with the Ed Wagner Leadership Award during the 2014 Tire Industry Honors event in Las Vegas.

Mounting Death Toll From Demounted Tires/Wheels

“Man dead after flying wheel crushes SUV on Hwy. 400” “Lexington man killed by runaway wheel is mourned” I cannot recall a single week in recent years that I’ve not read these and similar headlines from newspaper and radio/TV websites across the U.S. and Canada. And the sad thing is that the ones that make

Titan Trade Injury Claims Just More of the Same

“Rinse and repeat.” Handy instructions on the back of a shampoo bottle. Also short-hand for witnessing the same sad thing over and over. A seemingly infinite loop. Like the movie “Groundhog Day,” only not nearly as funny. Titan International opened 2016 by filing petitions claiming “material injury” from imported OTR tires being “dumped” on the

Titan Chief Ready to Pull Trigger on OTR Tariff Play

A friend of mine who is close to the government agencies involved in setting anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imported goods called me the other day. He had a few questions about imported OTR and ag tires, specifically he wanted to clarify a few things about pneumatic versus non-pneumatic units and where certain manufacturing was

The Lean Green Gas of Home, SEMA Notes & Tire Trained Women

Where have all of the green tires gone? Long time passing…apparently. At the SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo last week, I walked through a number of tiremaker booths and checked out the new rubber. Perhaps I didn’t look in all of the right places (there were a lot of tires), but I can’t recall seeing the

Bald Dump Tires Nearly Kill Students; Korea’s Messy Labor World

On Aug. 27, a large truck owned by G.B. Green Construction Management was involved in an accident with an Escambia County, Fla., school district bus carrying students. Fifteen Pensacola High School students and the bus driver were injured, and transported to local hospitals. None of the injuries were life-threatening, fortunately. The bus, though, was knocked

State Association Goes on Ice, And We’re All Poorer For It

It pained me to hear the news about the New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association going on hiatus. Mergers, buyouts and a general lack of interest by independent tire dealers in the state contributed to NJSTDA president and friend of the show Al Breese informing membership that everything was going on ice for the foreseeable

Suppliers React to Claims Made About Chinese Truck Tires

Recently, former TIA president Peggy Fisher, who is well-known and respected throughout the trucking industry, wrote an article that was, well, a little disparaging and generalized about China-made radial truck tires sold in the U.S. I have every confidence that you’ll either know about it already, or can find it. Twice within the last week,

Thinking Out Loud About History, Laws and Run-Flat Tires

One of my favorite quotes is “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That was written by the Harvard educated Spanish philosopher, essayist and novelist George Santayana. Our collective history is well-dotted by instances where we failed to recall or understand past failings, only to be reminded once we have failed yet

An Open Invitation to the RMA and TIA: Let’s Meet and Talk

“The English and the Americans are two peoples divided by a common language.” That George Bernard Shaw quote, famously hijacked by Winston Churchill during the war, pointed plainly to how deep cultural differences can divide the opinions and actions of people who otherwise should in close alignment. Beyond making tires, Goodyear and Michelin, for example,