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Yokohama Brings R&D to Charlotte, N.C.

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has established a tire research and development center in North Carolina, with R&D activities scheduled to start this September -- initially in the greater Charlotte area.

Linglong hires Hagan away from Kumho

Less than two years after joining Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. as national sales vice president, John Hagan has joined Linglong Americas Inc. as chief operating officer. He will be based out of Medina, Ohio.

Kenda says ‘No’ to status quo

To Jimmy Yang, vice-chairman of Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd., status quo is unacceptable. The 52-year-old company was already one of the largest producers of specialty tires in the world when it began manufacturing passenger tires in 2001.

Hankook breaks ground for U.S. plant

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new United States plant based in Clarksville, Tenn. The Tennessee plant is Hankook Tire’s eighth global production base and its first U.S.-based facility.