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TBC Is Working Toward 'New Normal,' Says CEO Olsen

As president and CEO of TBC Corp., Erik Olsen oversees a vast empire that includes more than 600 retail stores that operate under the Tire Kingdom and NTB Tire & Service Centers banners, the Big O Tires and Midas franchise organizations, an e-commerce operation ( and several other high-profile ventures.

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Yokohama's Profits Plunge in First Quarter

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. posted a loss of 258 million yen (approximately $2.4 million) during the first quarter of 2020 – after sales dropped by 13.6% due to COVID-19. Operating profit nearly vanished on a decline of 90.4%.


TIA Trains 198 Techs During First Week of Free Webinars

During its first week of free webinars for passenger and light truck tire technicians, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) reported that 198 people participated in one of the nine 30-minute classes on vehicle lifting. On May 19, TIA started six consecutive weeks of free online video-conference training classes for tire retailers.


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Snap Microsite Offers COVID-19 Resources

Snap Finance LLC has created a COVID-19 microsite to help businesses achieve success during the pandemic. The portal contains links to information about the CARES ACT, Paycheck Protection Program loans and other resources.


Bridgestone Adds Firestone FD692 to Truck Tire Lineup

The SmartWay-verified tire features 400% more biting edges that its predecessor and has earned...

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has expanded its lineup of Firestone brand medium truck tires with the introduction of the Firestone FD692. The SmartWay-verified tire features 400% more biting edges that its predecessor and has earned 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake certification.


TPMS: Chrysler Town & Country (2008-16)

Figure 1: Identifying tire pressure sensor components (1 of 2). All art courtesy of Chrysler Corp.

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in 2008-2016 Chrysler Town & Country vehicles monitors air pressure in the four road tires (excludes the spare). Pressure in the spare tire is not monitored. There are two tire pressure monitoring systems available, a base system and a premium system. The base system does not specify how many tires are low or where they are located. The premium system does so.