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Steelworkers Reach Agreement With Firestone

July 29, 2013 8:09 am | News | Comments

Work will continue at Firestone's tire manufacturing plants in Iowa, Arkansas, Illinois and Tennessee thanks to a tentative contract agreement the company reached with its steelworkers union.Steelworkers at the Des Moines Firestone tire manufacturing plant tentatively agreed to a contract Friday, averting a strike.

Home Depot Recalls Fan Heaters Due To Melting Risk

July 25, 2013 2:44 pm | News | Comments

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that Home Depot Inc. is recalling around 107,000 fan heaters because the fan's plastic housing can melt, deform, and catch fire during use.The company is recalling Soleil portable fan heaters with the model number LH-707.

igus: More Creative Freedom For Designers

July 18, 2013 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

igus has announced that it is offering its high-performance plastics as bar stock to design, maintenance and mechanical engineers. The range of available bar stock now includes the proprietary polymers iglide A350 and iglide J350. The company is also now offering user-defined injection molded parts in less than 24 hours.

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NASA, Industry Test Additively Manufactured Rocket Engine Injector

July 15, 2013 9:13 am | News | Comments

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne of West Palm Beach, Fla., recently finished testing a rocket engine injector made through additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing. This space technology demonstration may lead to more efficient manufacturing of rocket engines, saving American companies time and money.

Michelin Recalling About 100,000 Tires

July 12, 2013 2:01 pm | News | Comments

Michelin North America Inc. is recalling about 100,000 tires normally found on some trucks and SUVs due to possible tears or holes that could cause air pressure loss. The company said Friday that it's recalling the tires because approximately 2,500 of the recalled tires may have partial or full sidewall tears or holes that could cause the tires to lose air pressure.

Plastics Firm Plans $500M Expansion At La. Plants

June 24, 2013 8:17 am | News | Comments

Shintech will expand its production capacity by more than 10 percent, Japanese parent company Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. said in a news release last week. Shin-Etsu said its Plaquemine plant is running at capacity and expansion is needed to meet growing worldwide demand for PVC.

Mercedes Pleads For Leniency In F1's 'Tire-Gate'

June 20, 2013 2:09 pm | by John Leicester, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Immediately at stake was whether Mercedes and Pirelli would be sanctioned. A longer-term worry for F1 was whether the case risked antagonizing two big players in the sport — the German auto manufacturer that also supplies engines to other F1 teams and Pirelli, which supplies all of the tires for motorsport's premier series.

Not 'Tired' Of Yokohama

June 19, 2013 10:30 am | by Nathan Gregory, The Commercial Dispatch | News | Comments

Customers of George's Tire in West Point are specifically ordering Yokohama's car and light truck tires, said owner Todd Glusenkamp. Glusenkamp said he has seen an overall sales increase of about 20 percent to 30 percent since he started distributing Yokohama tires just over a month ago.

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Fiat: Supplier Delays Will Force Shutdowns

June 13, 2013 7:46 am | News | Comments

Italian carmaker Fiat says it will temporarily stop production at some European car plants in the coming days due to insufficient deliveries of plastic parts. Fiat said in a statement Wednesday that more than 5,500 vehicles can't be completed due to missing components from the Italian supplier Selmat, creating an "unmanageable" backlog.

Cooper CEO: Buyer Committed To U.S. Operations

June 12, 2013 1:55 pm | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of Ohio's Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. says a $2.2 billion deal that puts the company under new ownership won't result in the closings of its three U.S. manufacturing plants. Cooper chief executive Roy Armes says India's Apollo Tyres Ltd. also plans to retain Cooper's management operation in Ohio.

3-D Printing Goes From Sci-Fi Fantasy To Reality

June 3, 2013 7:49 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Users are able to make just about anything they like: iPad stands, guitars, jewelry, even guns. But experts warn this cool innovation could soon turn controversial — because of safety concerns but also the potential for the technology to alter economies that rely on manufacturing.

Yokohama: Higher Tire Demand Calls For U.S. Plant

April 29, 2013 7:15 pm | News | Comments

Executives with Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. say they will build a new tire plant in Mississippi because they see a global supply shortage for tires. The company plans to invest $300 million, hiring 500 people, in a first phase, and could invest $1.2 billion, hiring 2,000 people, over time.

Goodyear, Union Begin Contract Talks For 6 Plants

April 29, 2013 1:49 pm | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the contract between the Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and United Steelworkers of America expiring July 27, both sides have plenty of time and indicated the talks would be in recess until June while they evaluate each other's opening positions.

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Manufacturing Revival Radio: Mike Anderson And TenCate Protective Fabrics

April 16, 2013 9:22 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

Joined in the studio today by Mike Anderson, the Vice President of Operations of TenCate Protective Fabrics. TenCate Protective Fabrics develops and produces the most comprehensive range of proven, high performance fabrics used to make protective clothing. They serve the first responder, military (currently in theater) and industrial markets with protective fabrics.

Bridgestone To Set Up First Tire Plant In Russia

April 15, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Bridgestone Corp. has said it plans to establish a car tire plant in Ulyanovsk in western Russia -- its first tire production base in the country -- by the end of June, aiming to build production capacity for around 12,000 tires per day in 2018.

French Workers Sue Goodyear In Ohio To Save Jobs

April 10, 2013 8:11 am | News | Comments

The class-action lawsuit was filed in Summit County Common Pleas Court against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on behalf of workers at its factory in Amiens, France. Robert Gary, an attorney who worked on the filing, said the labor dispute was taken to court in Ohio because corporate decisions affecting French workers were made in Akron.

Goodyear To Build New Blimp Fleet

March 24, 2013 8:55 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear is building the first of a new generation of its iconic blimps. The tire maker said Friday that the blimp built in Germany by ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik (looft-shif-TEHK'-nik) will be assembled at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar near the company's headquarters in Akron, Ohio.

Bridgestone Workers Protest Against Plant Closure In Italy

March 15, 2013 12:08 pm | News | Comments

In the demonstration lasting about two hours, the employees called for continued operation of the passenger car tire-making factory, which Bridgestone Corp. said earlier this month will close in the first half of 2014 due to deterioration of the facility's profitability and changing market conditions.

Italy Protests Bridgestone Tire Plant Closure

March 7, 2013 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Italy's labor minister is criticizing a decision by the Bridgestone tire company to close a plant in southern Italy as "serious and without reason." Corrado Passera protested in a letter to the Japanese company, released by the labor ministry Thursday, that the company had failed to work with authorities to find another solution.

Clashes At Goodyear Protest Of Factory Closure

March 7, 2013 7:37 am | News | Comments

Burning the very fruit of their labor, workers from Goodyear clashed with police outside the tire-maker's French headquarters in a last-ditch attempt to save their jobs. Goodyear has been trying to restructure or close its plant in northern France for five years, saying tires made there no longer sell.

In Grim French North, Worker Unrest Looks To Last

February 26, 2013 8:11 am | News | Comments

Workers at a dying French tire factory who've become the butt of American jokes are staging a day of last-ditch protests to try to save their jobs. The protests Tuesday at the Goodyear plant in the northern city of Amiens come after efforts to find a new buyer for the struggling plant have fizzled.

U.S. CEO Ridicules French Workers

February 20, 2013 1:51 pm | News | Comments

Maurice Taylor, CEO of tire-maker Titan International, wrote a letter to French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg to explain why his company wouldn't buy an ailing Goodyear factory in Amiens. The ministry confirmed the letter as authentic however attempts to obtain comment from Titan have been unsuccessful.

CEO: $500M Plastics Plant Coming To W.Va.

February 13, 2013 5:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A formal announcement could be made by month's end about plans for a $500 million plastics plant near Wheeling, the CEO of Texas-based Appalachian Resins said. James Cutler told the State Journal (http://bit.ly/VSUiB1) the plan includes a small ethane cracker, a plant that extracts some liquids from wet natural gas to make the chemical feedstock ethylene.

Alpla Chooses Ky. For Manufacturing Operations, Creating 72 Jobs

February 12, 2013 4:49 pm | by Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce | News | Comments

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Alpla, Inc., an Austrian-based plastic packaging company, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Bowling Green, Kentucky, creating 72 new, full-time jobs and investing more $22.4 million in the Commonwealth.

Tire Workers Confront French Police Over Layoffs

February 12, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

Workers have fired flares and French police have sprayed tear gas in a standoff over layoffs at a French plant for U.S. tiremaker Goodyear. The protest Tuesday comes amid a slowdown in Europe's car industry that has hurt automakers and their suppliers across the continent.

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