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OSHA Fines Plastics Company For Safety Violations

September 22, 2010 5:28 am | News | Comments

Federal authorities have cited Spartech Plastics for exposing workers to unguarded machinery and electrocution and amputation hazards.

Goodyear To Raise Tire Prices

September 2, 2010 10:35 am | News | Comments

Citing rising raw material costs, Goodyear spokesman Jim Davis said the company will increase the price of its tires by 6 percent beginning Oct. 1.

California Senate Kills BPA Bill

September 1, 2010 9:58 am | News | Comments

State Senate has defeated a bill that sought to ban the chemical bisphenol A from plastic baby bottles, sippy cups and baby formula containers.

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Maine Mulls BPA Ban In Bottles

August 19, 2010 10:29 am | News | Comments

Regulators are considering a proposal to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles and other reusable food and beverage containers.

Procter & Gamble To Use Sugarcane-Based Plastic

August 13, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Consumer products makers said Thursday that it will use a plastic derived from sugarcane in the packaging of some of its products.

Bridgestone Gets Boost From Auto Recovery

August 6, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

Japanese tire maker, running neck and neck with Michelin SCA of France as the world's biggest, posted $517.4 million profit for the six months through June.

Goodyear To Recall Workers In Va.

July 29, 2010 10:32 am | News | Comments

Company says it is increasing production at its plant in Danville and recalling laid-off workers as the plant returns to a four-shift, seven-day operation schedule.

Canadian Plastics Company Wants N.D. Ethane

July 19, 2010 6:20 am | News | Comments

Slipping supply of a gas used in plastic manufacturing has prompted a Canadian petrochemical factory to pursue stocks from a North Dakota plant.

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California Bans BPA In Baby Products

July 2, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

The California Assembly has voted to ban plastic baby bottles, sippy cups and baby formula containers that contain the chemical bisphenol A.

Goodyear Settles Crash Lawsuit

June 25, 2010 10:00 am | News | Comments

Families of the three men involved blamed the accident on a faulty tire on the Chevrolet Camaro rather than excessive speed and the beer the men had been drinking.

Plastic Recycling Plant To Add 360 Jobs In Kentucky

May 25, 2010 9:39 am | News | Comments

Frankfort officials say more than 350 jobs are expected to be created when a Mountain Valley Recycling Corp. plant opens in the city.

Bridgestone Returns To Profit In 1Q

May 7, 2010 5:25 am | News | Comments

Tire maker said it mustered a net profit of $191 million in the January-March quarter amid a gradual global recovery.

Cooper Tire 1Q Profit Climbs On Higher Tire Sales

May 6, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Tire and rubber company said it reversed a year-ago loss, posting net income of $11.6 million in the first quarter on higher tire sales and better use of manufacturing capacity.

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Goodyear Narrows 1Q Loss, Revenue Climbs

April 28, 2010 8:00 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Tire maker reported sharply improved global sales as revenue jumped 21 percent but charges led by a Venezuelan currency devaluation caused a first quarter loss.

EPA Probes Impact Of BPA

March 29, 2010 10:57 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal agencies are scrutinizing the controversial plastic-hardener at the behest of scientists and activists who say it can interfere with infant development.

Eastman Chemical Buys Genovique Specialties

March 17, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

Company said Wednesday it will buy chemical maker Genovique Specialties Corp. in a move to expand its position in the specialty plasticizers market.

IBM, Stanford Develop New Plastic Recycling Method

March 9, 2010 4:45 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

New method involves a way to break plastic down so it can be reused again and again in the same form -- an advancement that could intrigue beverage companies.

Senator Urges Ban On Chemical BPA

March 2, 2010 9:19 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sen. Charles Schumer wants EPA to include Bisphenol-A, a controversial plastic-hardener, on a list of chemicals subject to stricter federal rules.

Goodyear 4Q Profit Beats Expectations

February 18, 2010 9:33 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Even though sales remain weak in North America and Europe, tire company earned $107 million and reported 8 percent increase in volume due to growing global demand.

Michelin 2009 Profit Drops 71 Percent

February 12, 2010 4:18 am | News | Comments

French tire maker on Friday reported a 71 percent drop in earnings last year as auto markets slumped, and said it is 'vigilant' for the year ahead.

Maryland May Ban BPA Products

February 3, 2010 6:51 am | News | Comments

Delegate James Hubbard hopes to ban sale, manufacture or distribution of children's toys or childcare articles that contain bisphenol-A which is used to harden plastics.

Health Agencies Concerned About BPA

January 15, 2010 10:17 am | by Damian J. Troise, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Agencies said research shows cause for concern over bisphenol-A's potential effect on children, but more study is needed before any regulatory changes are considered.

WTO To Probe U.S. Tariffs On Chinese Tires

January 11, 2010 4:01 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Dispute focuses on three-year tariff approved in September by President Obama, which aims to slow China's rapid export growth and protect American jobs in tire sector.

Michelin Considers Ending Production In Japan

December 7, 2009 4:30 am | News | Comments

French tire manufacturer is considering ending tire production in Japan as early as next summer due to sluggish sales amid a global economic slump.

Hyosung Closing Virginia Tire Cord Plant

November 25, 2009 4:30 am | News | Comments

Tire cord plant will close its doors in Scottsville, Va., by the end of January, resulting in 106 workers losing their jobs.

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