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'Cultural/attitude shift' began with all-season tires
Tire Business
Fuel efficiency is the holy grail of the tire industry today as tire makers compete with each other to design products with ever lower rolling resistance. But 30 years ago, the recently introduced all-season tire was all the rage, eliminating consumers' semi-annual tradition of switching between winter and summer tires. "One of the game changers, especially in North America in the tire industry over the last 30 years ... was the advent of all-season tires," said Bob Toth, Goodyear's director of product and innovation. "It was a cultural shift, an attitude shift. There were summer and winter tires — regular tires and winter tires and that was it. The all-season tire has changed the complexion of the tire industry today in North America."
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Small businesses turn to alternative funding for loans
Small Business Trends
People are always looking for ways to invest their money so that they can get a positive return. But when it comes to opportunities, most people tend to stay on the traditional path; putting their money into stocks, bonds, mutual funds, money markets or CD's. But there are other ways, however, that a person can invest their money for a solid return.
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Tire mounting equipment
Modern Tire Dealer
Servicing the newest tires and wheels coming as OE is more challenging than ever for a number of reasons. "Generally, they are lower profile, larger diameter wheels that are heavier and more difficult to service than a similar vehicle model would have been just a few years ago," says Pete Liebetreu, senior product manager at Hunter Engineering Co. Unique fitments add another level of difficulty.
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3 simple steps to banish negativity
Inc.
Do you ever feel out of control of your world? Sometimes it feels like you're living in the perfect storm, doesn't it? But even in the most frustrating of times there is something within your control that can have a huge impact on your life: your attitude.

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The real benefit of TPMS
Modern Tire Dealer
When Congress first directed the NHTSA to mandate a system that would monitor the tires on new vehicles and warn the driver of an under-inflated tire(s), it was a direct response to numerous tire-related accidents that occurred primarily in the South as the result of the excessive heat.

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5 ways to manage your time more effectively
By Karen Childress
We've all heard the many time management tips that have been around for years. But if you're busy to the point that you routinely wish for 30-hour days, then you need ways to save more than minutes.

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4 types of referral programs every business needs
Duct Tape Marketing
Referral generation is something that should be baked into pretty much every angle possible. It's not something that you do one time or one way. You need to keep your referral generation efforts front and center and build many and varied touchpoints along the customer referral journey. While you can't always control when one friend asks another for a referral, you can influence how often your referral sources think about referring your business.
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Rubberized asphalt and the scrap tire market
Tire Business
VideoBrief About 300 million scrap tires are generated annually in the U.S. with 80 percent of them recycled or reused. Tire-derived fuel is the biggest market for scrap tires but tire-modified asphalt producers are trying to gain acceptance as a viable market. Rubberized asphalt is used on roads in five states and another five states are testing the material.
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Health care reform and employee notification
Tire Review
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an employer must provide employees with a written notice of coverage options. New employees must be told at the time of hiring and current employees must be given the notice no later than March 1, 2013. According to the U.S. government, the notice must include the following.
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NAMT to establish molds manufacturing plant for US tire industry
Automotive Business Review
North American Mold Technology is set to establish a $4.35 million manufacturing plant in Danville, Va., to produce and refurbish the molds used to manufacture tires. Spread across a 260,000-square-foot area, the new plant is expected to create 120 new jobs in the region. NAMT will assemble and repair tire molds and provide other tire mold support services to the tire manufacturers in the U.S. and several other countries.
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