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July 23, 2015

Tariffs are making tire manufacturers sweat

The last time tariffs on Chinese consumer tire imports from China were in place, few domestic tire manufacturers made their feelings known on the subject.

Tags: B.O.B., Chinese tire imports, Tire tariffs

June 18, 2015

Tariffs are not a major concern to Cooper

The hottest topic in our industry centers on tire tariffs. Tire manufacturers are anxious to know what the final tariffs will be, and if they will be retroactive in any way.

Tags: B.O.B., Chinese tire imports, Cooper financials, DOC, Tire tariffs

June 4, 2015

Sumitomo/Goodyear: Performance was an issue

When Sam Gibara-led Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. entered into an alliance with Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. in 1999, it was considered by all accounts a bold move. Not everyone, however, was optimistic that the union would work out for both parties.

Tags: B.O.B., Bob Keegan, Market share, Sam Gibara

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May 21, 2015

The next tire retailer to sell out will be...

Does anyone want to go back to the late 1980s, when Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and whoever actually sang those Milli Vanilli songs ruled the airwaves? There were a lot of U.S.-based tire manufacturers who ended up being purchased at the time, and slightly afterward.

Tags: B.O.B., Investment firms, Milli Vanilli

May 11, 2015

Zurcher shares his secrets one last time

The death of Paul Zurcher last week leaves a hole in our industry. He was part of it for so long -- more than 60 years -- that it's hard to believe he is gone.

Tags: B.O.B., Best-One Tire & Service, Obituary, Paul Zurcher

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April 23, 2015

Goodyear prepares to announce plant location

When Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced almost a year ago that it was going to build a consumer tire plant, it did not specify where. Chairman and CEO Rich Kramer would only say it would be built in "the Americas."

Tags: B.O.B., Rich Kramer, Tire plant

April 16, 2015

Chinese tire manufacturers take center stage

What happened at the North American Tire & Retread Expo? Organizer Gus Lima called it a buying and selling show, and exhibitors were wheeling and dealing. They were also talking a lot about truck tire pricing.

Tags: B.O.B., Gus Lima, Helio Castroneves, IRL, North American Tire & Retread Expo

April 2, 2015

A path the USW can't afford to take

Sometimes you don’t need a crystal ball. You just need good eyes to see what’s happening around you.

Tags: B.O.B., Labor Unions, Tire manufacturers, United Steelworkers, Wages

March 19, 2015

ATD increases sales dramatically, but suffers loss

American Tire Distributors Holdings Inc. posted a net loss of $94.6 million on net sales of $5 billion for its fiscal year ended Jan. 3, 2015. That compares to a net loss of more than $6.3 million on sales of $3.8 billion for fiscal 2013.

Tags: ATD financials, ATDOnline, B.O.B., Tire Pros, TireBuyer.com

March 5, 2015

Why one dealer says Goodyear should not sell tires online

Charley Gowland is a longtime independent tire dealer. He has built a mini-empire in Louisiana with his 14-store Chabill's Tire Service LLC retail and commercial chain.

Tags: B.O.B., Chabill's Tire, Charley Gowland, Dealer meeting, Online tire sales

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