Ferrari shares his take on the state of the North American tire market and Bridgestone’s sustainable mobility plans. He also discusses the role independent tire dealers will continue to play in the company’s progress, the most significant challenges facing tire manufacturers over the next few years and other topics.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. recently announced promotions for two members of the company’s leadership team. Conrad Galamgam has been named VP, product planning & technical services and Jared Norman will become the sr. director finance, pricing & planning effective Sept. 1.
Nokian Tires has begun the second stage of hiring at its factory in Rhea County, Tennessee, where it is preparing to launch a second shift of production. Nokian Tires plans to hire upwards of 50 team members starting in September.
Bridgestone‘s truck and bus radial (TBR) tire manufacturing plant in Warren County, Tennessee, recently celebrated 30 years of operations. The Warren County tire plant began manufacturing TBR tires in 1990 and today employs more than 1,000 people. The plant is located in Morrison, Tennessee. In 2018, Bridgestone announced a $40 million investment in the plant to meet market demand and address emerging customer needs.
Maxam Tire has opened an all-new advanced and automated solid tire production facility. The recently opened factory is fully owned and operated by Maxam, representing a major commitment to the specialty solid tire segment, according to the company.
FINDLAY, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2020 – Earlier today, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of a new 1-million-square-foot regional distribution center that will be opened by Cooper Tire in Whiteland, Ind. The facility, which will replace Cooper’s Franklin, Ind. distribution center located just minutes from the new site, is expected to open in early 2021.
Magna Tyres Group has named Ryan Cusick the sales manager of its U.S. office. The company says Cusick will focus on brand presence, as well as Magna Tyres’ distribution network and relationships with existing and new customers. He brings with him six years of experience in the tire industry and 18 total years of sales experience.
Leading global tire maker Hankook Tire today announced the second phase of its Major League Baseball (MLB) ‘Never Halfway’ integrated marketing campaign. Two ads, “Long Catch” and “Perfect Pitch” will hit American airwaves this July to promote Hankook’s partnership with MLB.
Steve Jordan, who had been CEO since 2013, is leaving to “pursue another career opportunity in the automotive industry,” the association said Friday. Shaun Petersen, senior vice president of legal and government affairs, has been selected as interim executive vice president by the NIADA board of directors. Petersen will handle day-to-day operations, effective immediately. Jordan will remain with NIADA in an “advisory capacity” during a 30-day transition, the association said.
As the U.S. economic downturn continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) projects 2020 U.S. tire shipments will decrease to 279.4 million units in 2020 compared to 332.7 million units in 2019. USTMA said its new forecast represents a small improvement of 5.8 million units from USTMA’s April 2020 forecast adjustment, which was the first preliminary estimate after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic.