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World's largest tire recycling facility opens in Houston, Texas
Triple Pundit
The old adage is true that everything is bigger in Texas. And now, so is tire recycling. Genan, the world's leading tire recycling company, recently unveiled its $140 million state-of-the-art plant in northeast Houston earlier this month with plans to recycle 10 million tires each year. The 40-acre plant, the largest of its kind in the world, will employ 60 workers and divert nearly one-third of all used tires in Texas from landfills.
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Get out of town: AAA expects uptick in holiday travel
USA Today
This Memorial Day will see the second highest number of travelers on the roads and in the skies since 2000 and the highest since the recession, according to auto club AAA. The long, unusually rough winter that just ended, coupled with a slow but steady economic recovery and gas prices about the same as last year, will contribute to a 1.5 percent increase over last year in Memorial Day travel. It is expected that 36.1 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home from May 22 through May 26, up from 35.5 million last year.
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Continental TPMS sensor reads tread depth
Modern Tire Dealer
Continental AG announced that it is developing tire pressure monitoring system sensors that will be able to detect when a tire change is necessary due to insufficient tread depth. The company says intelligent software in the sensor deduces tread depth from gradual changes in tire rolling characteristics. The in-tire pressure sensor infers running characteristics from the variations in tire deformation. The new feature is tentatively slated to be available as of 2017 in new vehicle models equipped with direct TPMS from Continental's electronic Tire Information System (eTIS).
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NTSB takes a closer look at tire safety
Tire Review
For more than a decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been conducting research into what happens to tires as they age. Although it's clear that tires degrade over time, there are still debates among manufacturers and safety advocates about their service life. Unfortunately, apart from tread life, most drivers know very little about tire maintenance and safety. For example, how many consumers even know the brands of the tires they're driving on, let alone how old they are?
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Check out the hottest cars you've never seen
USA Today
Before the minivan, there was Scarab, a sleek, silver cocoon of a car created in 1936. And before the Smart Car there was L'Oeuf Electrique (Electric Egg), a super-compact ride, circa 1942. They're two of 17 "concept" cars coming to Atlanta's High Museum of Art that conjure visions of a future world — in some instances, an extraterrestrial one. So-called concept cars "shaped the future of the automotive industry by challenging the notion of what is possible.

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Marijuana legalization tests employer drug policies
Tire Business
Employers nationwide should keep close tabs on how recreational marijuana legalization affects employment law in Colorado. That's because marijuana is likely to be legalized by the federal government within the next five years, if not sooner, thanks to a grassroots effort by supporters of legal pot use. And depending on the outcome of a landmark case before the Colorado Supreme Court, employers may find it expensive to enforce their own zero-tolerance drug use policies if employees assert similar wrongful termination claims.

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Tire industry fighting legislation to get aged tires off the road
ABC News
American tire companies have helped to defeat proposed laws in eight states that would require inspection of tires for age. Safety advocates say aging increases the risk of dangerous tire failures. Ford, GM and Chrysler all urge motorists to replace of tires that are six years of age or older because of the possibility the rubber in them could degrade and create a dangerous situation in which the tire loses its tread.

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Propane battles natural gas for share of US transport market
Fox Business
Traditionally used to heat homes and fire up barbecues, propane used to be viewed as unlikely to contend with CNG for widespread vehicle use due to its relatively higher cost and the difficulties in transporting the fuel across country. That's starting to change as the fracking energy boom spurs a surge in the production of liquid petroleum gas, including propane, and driving down prices.
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Windshield washer fluid linked to deadly Legionnaires' disease
Tire Business
Windshield washer fluid may be a breeding ground for bacteria that causes the deadly pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease. Previous studies have tied riding in automobiles to the illness, though researchers didn't know how or why it happened. An investigation into fluid dispersed by school buses in Arizona seems to have provided the answer, according to research released May 18 by the American Society for Microbiology at its meeting in Boston.
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Small business optimism highest since 2007
U.S. News & World Report
Main Street's confidence in the economy has soared to its highest reading since October 2007, rising from 93.4 in March to 95.2 in April, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The monthly Small Business Optimism Index reflected a growing confidence among businesses and analysts since the end of a winter that chilled shopping, hiring and other financial growth.
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Rubber product trade deficit continues to rise
Rubber News
The U.S. rubber product trade deficit grew by 2.1 percent for the first three quarters of 2013, as overall imports grew slightly, and exports dipped a bit. For tires, the trade deficit also increased 2.1 percent, coming in at $6.54 billion. Exports fell 4.1 percent, while imports declined 0.5 percent. The passenger tire shortfall rose 10.2 percent for the three quarters, while the truck/bus deficit declined 1.5 percent.
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