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Fuel-efficient tires on DOE priority list
Rubber News
Fuel-efficient tires are among the advanced technologies the Department of Energy hopes to develop under its improved Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program, the agency told the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association. DOE has revised the ATVM program to make it easier for tire and auto components makers to apply for funds under the program's $16 billion-plus funding authority, according to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
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The evolution of performance
Modern Tire Dealer
The first performance tire, circa 3500 B.C, was a 185/75G14. The "G" stood for granite. Since then, it has gone through a seemingly endless number of design changes to make it perform better. Stone became wood. Spokes lightened the load and allowed the Romans to not only drive their chariots faster, but also meet CAFE regulations. With the addition of rubber, the tire and wheel package was born. Ultra-high performance tires have been defined by speed ratings for decades. That, too, is evolving, as size proliferation has exploded and their usage has become more common on non-performance vehicles.
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Bill exempting some expats from ACA plans clears House
Modern Healthcare
Legislation that would exempt health plans purchased by expatriates living in the U.S. from the coverage requirements of the federal health care law recently cleared the House on a bipartisan 268-150 vote. But the bill is unlikely to be enacted in its current form because of concerns from the Obama administration about certain provisions of the measure. Supporters argued that it is a common sense tweak to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will prevent expatriates from turning to foreign companies for insurance coverage.
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Google results that can ruin your business
Duct Tape Selling
If you Google your business right now, what shows up? Your company's website? Positive reviews? OR, are the results less than stellar? For many potential customers, the impression they get from looking you up online will determine whether or not they give you their business.

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Proper tire service equipment: 2 perspectives
Modern Tire Dealer
Tire service equipment seems to last forever. How many of you have a 20-year-old tire changer? How about 30 years old? That's because the equipment is built to last. No planned obsolescence in our aftermarket. Ultra-high performance tires helped change that.

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Make your business unforgettable
Fox Small Business
There are many different theories as to what creates more revenue for a business. Some methods are successful, and some are just a waste of time. There are, however, a few general guidelines that have proven to be effective over time.

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New program slated for AAPEX
Tire Review
The 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo will feature a new Service Professionals Program. "AAPEX has evolved far beyond a traditional trade show to a premier industry event, known for its quality educational opportunities for repair and store owners and managers, jobbers, WD's and professional technicians," said Kathleen Schmatz, Auto Care Association president and CEO. The new program is in response to the increasing number of service and repair professionals and independent shop owners participating at AAPEX. Additionally, Schmatz noted that a recent focus group resulted in requests for more education and training, so the event will deliver.
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7 musts of customer service on social media
Entrepreneur
Social media has enabled both consumers and brands to have a shared voice and interact on a public stage, creating a balance that addresses the wants and needs of both. By becoming a tool for consumers, social media has not just enabled direct communication between brands and consumers, it's created a new paradigm between the two. By not using social media, it only creates a pile of customer service questions, praise and complaints that go unanswered. So where do you start?
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Auto shop owner and employee charged with tampering
KXAN-TV
VideoBriefA Williamson County used tire salesman and garage owner accused of ripping off customers is in jail again. Josh Rosa is charged with felony tampering with a government document, according to Cedar Park police. An employee at the garage, Hugh Johnson, faces two counts of tampering. The arrests are related to an alleged emissions testing scheme at Josh’s Used Tires and Wheels on North Bell Boulevard.
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EPA helps extinguish 5-year-old fire at Puerto Rico tire facility
Fox News
A fire that burned for more than five years at a tire disposal site in southern Puerto Rico has finally been extinguished, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced. EPA officials said Puerto Rico's government called them several weeks ago seeking help to extinguish the fire at the Integrated Waste Management site in the southern coastal city of Penuelas. The pile of tires was 60 feet high, 150 feet long and 60 feet wide. It first caught fire in August 2008 and kept smoldering even though local officials had partially controlled the burn with dirt, the EPA said.
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