Artificial intelligence (AI) has come to the tire industry by way of Sears Auto Centers. With the pilot launch of the retail chain's "Digital Tire Journey" Web app, consumers can identify the appropriate tires to fit their driving preferences.
William R. "Bill" Floyd, former executive director of the Ohio Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (OTDRA), died on Friday, March 7, 2014. He was 90 years old.
Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, he moved to Barberton, Ohio, with his parents in 1936 and became a life-long resident. He graduated from Barberton High School in June 1941, and from The University of Akron in 1949 with his B.S. in Business Administration. He was active in the Barberton Junior Chamber of Commerce from 1951-1956, serving as president in 1955, and was recognized as their "Outstanding Man of the Year."
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a staff sergeant in Europe. He was a devoted and faithful Christian and active member of both the First Baptist and Covenant Baptist churches.
Bill Floyd's long career in the tire industry began with positions at the Seiberling Rubber Co. and Polson Rubber Co. After he retired, he became executive director of the OTDRA and its spinoff, the Northeast Ohio Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Mary Floyd; brother, James; and his beloved wife, Joan (Stocker). He is survived by his three children, Michael (Denise) of Salesville, Ohio, Gary (Doris) Floyd of Barberton, and Kathi (Jim) Keifer of McAlisterville, Pa.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Silva-Hosteteler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Rd. West, Barberton, on Sunday, March 16th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., concluding with a memorial service at the funeral home officiated by Pastor Mike Prebynski. Per Floyd's wishes, a private burial will be held at a later date at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Summa Hospice Palliative Care, 1 West, 155 Fifth St. NE, Barberton, Ohio 44203.
Federal Corp.'s Chungli, Taiwan, consumer tire factory was involved in a fire on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. There were no casualties, and the production facilities were unaffected, says a company spokesperson.
High-value-added passenger tires is the buzz phrase in the tire industry right now. Also known as HVA tires, they are defined by some companies as tires 17 inches and above in size, by others 18 inches and above. Either way, they are trending upward.
The Smithers Group has upgraded its tread wear testing capabilities at its primary Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio.
The European subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. is acquiring a chain of 104 stores in France.
The North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) will honor its 2017 Dealer of the Year and induct two new members into its Hall of Fame.
Mark Peak of Peak Auto Service Inc. in Girard, Kan., won the grand prize in a recent Jeep Rubicon Sweepstakes from Friend Tire Co., a wholesaler in Monett, Mo. that's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Yokohama Rubber Corp.
Discount Tire has added a store in Sugar Land, Texas. It is the third Discount Tire outlet in Sugar Land, which is part of the Houston metropolitan area, and the 12th location in Fort Bend County.
Every year, Modern Tire Dealer breaks down "the year that was" in its January Facts Issue. It is the first publication with an in-depth report on the previous year's performance.
The 2017 Lexus LS sedan features the Turanza T005 run-flat tire by Bridgestone Corp. as original equipment.
The third annual North American Tire & Retread Expo will be held April 19-21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Tenneco Inc. wants to reward loyalty in a big way. That is why the company has launched the 2017 Expert Plus loyalty program for automotive service providers.
The January 2017 Facts Issue features a record 42 charts and graphs. That includes an expanded "Pricing and Sizes" section.
It looks like Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will be the second tire manufacturer to announce a price increase or price increases three weeks into the new year.
Denso Products and Services Americas Inc. has added 14 part numbers to its selection of First Time Fit tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors. The new part numbers add coverage for more than 10 million European and Korean vehicles.