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Mark your calendars now for the
FIRST TIRE & AUTOMOTIVE Convention & EXPO in Texas!


Join the Texas Tire Dealers at the Marriott Town Square in Sugar Land, Texas,
from April 23-25 for the 2014 Tire & Automotive Expo.

You don't want to miss the Golf Classic at Greatwood Golf Course; the informative General Sessions on topics such as marketing, new auto technology and labor issues; and you definitely don't want to miss out on the Happy Hour and Casino Night and the end of the busy day of networking at the EXPO!

Click here to find out what else is in store for you at this year's event.
Or, if you're already convinced you should attend, click here to register!

The 2014 Tire & Automotive EXPO offers opportunities for increased exposure and participation for your company. In addition to exhibit tables, there are several Sponsorship Levels that permit companies of all sizes to take part in the convention without the added expense of setting up large exhibit booths. For more info, and to register, click here.





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How electronic stability control can improve ride control sales
Modern Tire Dealer
Electronic stability control is nothing new. Introduced as optional equipment on luxury cars in the mid-1990s, it's been standard on light-duty truck and passenger vehicles since 2012. What may be new to tire dealers is a value proposition built around helping motorists understand that crash avoidance systems like ESC depend on ride control components to function effectively.
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What small business owners should know about the new Obamacare report
The Washington Post
Congressional budget analysts recently released revised estimates concerning the economic footprint of the health care law, spawning another round of headlines declaring that Obamacare will take a massive bite out of workers' hours and eliminate millions of jobs. Thing is, that's not what the report said at all. Still, there are some other areas of the law that the group says may indeed have unwanted side effects for companies.
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TIA seeks comments on OSHA proposal to make injury, illness data available
Tire Review
The Tire Industry Association is seeking comments from all segments of the tire industry regarding a proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" in part by making the data available to the public.
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Bridgestone combats cold weather conditions with new Blizzak
Tire Review
Bridgestone Americas continually seeks to improve its winter tires and the new Blizzak WS80 does just that. It's the first winter tire by Bridgestone to feature a multi-cell compound with a hydrophilic coating and bite particles.

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Michelin to support tire recycling initiative
Rubber News
Michelin is venturing further into the realm of recycling, funding two projects under the "TREC" umbrella that are working on ways to reclaim scrap tires mechanically and chemically.

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Hey techs, keep your opinions to yourself
Tire Business
Undoubtedly, technicians' opinions on many topics are vital to the success of businesses that perform automotive maintenance and repairs.

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Study: Car-sharing a growing threat to auto sales
CNBC
Car sharing companies, which started gaining traction in cities about a decade ago, are increasingly becoming a threat to new vehicle sales according to a new study. Alix Partners, a consulting and business advisory firm, says a half million vehicle purchases in the U.S. have been avoided due to the growing popularity of car sharing programs like Zipcar and Relay Rides. Furthermore, the study forecasts that by 2021 car sharing could replace an additional 1.2 million purchases of new vehicles.
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Picture brightening for scrap tire/ recycling market
Tire Business
After scrap tire usage in the U.S. dropped off in 2009-2011, the industry is anticipating a rebound in 2014, thanks to strength in markets such as rubberized asphalt and crumb rubber, according to two industry experts. At the same time, demand for tire-derived fuel — which was sagging early in the decade — should enjoy at least a partial comeback this year, they said.
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Brake pad replacement No. 1 auto repair job in 2013
AutoMD.com via The Wall Street Journal
AutoMD.com recently released its list of the Top Ten Auto Repair Jobs for 2013. Standard wear and tear jobs dominated, with brake pad replacement coming in at number one, and other cyclical repair jobs, such as alternator, water pump, timing belt and spark plug replacement rounding out the list. The company also looked at the average age of the top 10 most repaired vehicles, which came in at 11 years.
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Release of toxic chemicals declined in 2011-2012
Rubber News
Total releases of toxic chemicals declined 12 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the most recent Toxics Release Inventory released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. disposed of or otherwise released 3.63 billion pounds of toxic chemicals in the air, water or soil in 2012, according to the TRI report issued Feb. 4.
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