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Call Westin La Cantera at 800 937-8461 or click here to make reservations.

The TTDA special rate is $169 single/double (includes three days prior and three days following convention dates).

A resort fee of $20 per night may be quoted at the time of your hotel reservation. HOWEVER, for those registering under the TTDA block prior to the March 6 deadline, the fee will be waived.

Westin La Cantera is located at:
16641 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, Texas

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Industry insights; a legislative forecast; business solutions along with the unparalleled hospitality of The Westin La Cantera Resort, The Shops at La Cantera and an unforgettable golf experience all await you at this year's TTDA Convention!

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Innovation: The future of tires
The Energy Collective
How are dandelions, oranges and sunflowers related to car tires? These three items may be the future of tires and their production. Tire manufacturers are searching for alternative ingredients for tires as the demand for rubber and eco-friendly products increases. Engineering innovation and organic ingredients are ushering in the next era of tires.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Are airless tires the way of the future? (TruckingInfo)
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Green Matter: Are tires becoming an environmental statement? (Plastics Today)
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Reform goal to ease small business tax burdens
Modern Tire Dealer
The draft "Tax Reform Act of 2013" has been released by the House Ways and Means Committee to simplify the tax code for small businesses and spur job creation, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association. Earlier this year, the Committee began the long tax reform process by establishing 11 bipartisan working groups focused on different issues including manufacturing, energy, income and tax distribution and small business/pass-throughs. These groups are scheduled to report their findings and recommendations by April 15.
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Arson suspected in Texas tire shop fire
Tire Review
Fire officials believe a recent fire that damaged a tire dealership in west San Antonio was intentionally set. According to local reports, the blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire, which they believe started behind the shop in a fenced area full of tires.
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Small-business optimism in US climbs for 3rd straight month
Bloomberg Businessweek
Confidence among U.S. small businesses rose in February for a third month as more company leaders said they will invest in equipment and stockpiles. The National Federation of Independent Business's optimism index improved 1.9 points to 90.8 last month from 88.9 in January. Eight of the measure's 10 components increased, the Washington-based group said.
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Rethink car dealer relationships?
Tire Business
Often, when tire dealers are asked whether they are concerned about franchised car dealerships encroaching on their businesses through increased emphasis on tire sales, they just brush aside any concerns. Many tire dealers say they cooperate with their local car dealers, supplying them with tires, and thereby picking up some additional sales through this relationship. For the most part they don't view car dealerships as much of a threat. Maybe it's time to reconsider that notion.
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Honda recalls 250,000 vehicles for braking problems
Automotive News
Honda Motor Co. is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles globally, including some Acura MDX crossover SUVs, due to braking problems, the automaker said. The stability assist system in the vehicles being recalled may malfunction and the brake could operate even when the driver is not pressing the pedal, said spokeswoman Tomoko Takemori.
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Dill launches TPMS videos for consumers, technicians
Aftermarket News
Dill Air Controls has launched its new Tire Pressure Monitoring System video series at www.dillvalves.com. The videos are designed to narrow the gap between the consumer and the selling associate, as well as provide technical aptitude and confidence for the technician in the bay, the company said. "Our ultimate goal is to share expertise about the TPMS category with installers of sensors and valve stems, as well as to provide a resource that can be used to reach drivers and inform them of the importance of maintaining this safety system on their vehicle," said Dill Air Controls' Tyson Boyer.
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