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The basics of workplace safety
Modern Tire Dealer
There are many good reasons to cultivate a culture of safety in a tire dealership. It will help keep employees injury-free and able to perform their duties. It will help keep the shop in compliance with the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. It is also important for liability and insurance purposes. The most important reason might be: "The tire dealer or shop manager should want to protect his people, and that should be the main reason to care about workplace safety, because it's the right thing to do," says Kevin Rohlwing, Tire Industry Association senior vice president of training.
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Out with the air: Bridgestone shows off tires you never have to inflate
CNET
At the Paris Motor Show, Bridgestone showed off a second-generation prototype of its Air Free tire, which replaces conventional tires' cushion of air with an array of shock-absorbing resin bands that resemble thick, angled spokes. The outside of the airless tire is coated with a replaceable tread made of a thin band of solid rubber.
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Despite recalls, defective airbags still in US cars
CBS News
A government database shows more than 100 people have reported being hurt from airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation of Japan. More than 11 million cars have been ordered back because of the potentially deadly airbag malfunction. Safety advocates, and those who've been affected, say the number should be far higher.
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Agriculture, construction market trends challenge tire industry
Tire Business
As the farm and construction markets continue to grow and expand grudgingly after some difficult economic years, industry observers wonder what’s next. During a farm/construction tire panel at the recent 2014 International Tire Exhibition & Conference — Tire Dealers/Auto Service event in Orlando, Florida, experts touched on a number of pressing issues the tire industry faces.
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The basics of workplace safety
Modern Tire Dealer
There are many good reasons to cultivate a culture of safety in a tire dealership. It will help keep employees injury-free and able to perform their duties. It will help keep the shop in compliance with the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. It is also important for liability and insurance purposes.

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Auto repair shops face off against insurers over payments
Orlando Sentinel
Auto repair shops across the United States are suing insurance companies, including the nation's largest — State Farm — in a series of lawsuits that will be heard in Orlando, Florida. The auto repair shops claim that the insurance companies don't pay enough to adequately repair cars.

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Game-changer? Plants and rubber
Tire Business
A 30-year-old prototype truck tire, made entirely from guayule rubber, sits in a prominent place in the reception area of the Bridgestone Biorubber Process Research Center in Mesa, Arizona. The presence of this weathered tire stresses the continuation of innovation that began with Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., predecessor of Bridgestone Americas Inc.

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Truck deals boost US auto sales in September
The Associated Press via ABC News
Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September. General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group led the industry with 19-percent sales increases over last September. Toyota sales rose 2 percent; Ford and Volkswagen were down.
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3 design tips for building a website for a small business
The Huffington Post
Many small businesses will turn to local developers when it comes to building their first business website, while others will rely on agencies, or even step up and take on the challenge themselves. Alex Ivanovs wants to help those who are brave enough to be building their own website.
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GM recalls another 500,000 vehicles
MarketWatch
General Motors Co. recalled more than 500,000 mostly newer-model vehicles for safety flaws and halted sales of two important new pickups the automaker just unveiled in an attempt to win back the pickup sales crown from rival Ford Motor Co. The nation's largest automaker issued a stop-sales notice covering the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups that are newly arriving at U.S. dealer lots. Last month, sales of GM's large pickups jumped nearly 46 percent while Ford's F-series sales fell 1 percent.
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3 ways to reuse the 300 million tires that are tossed annually
NationSwell
Thanks to the U.S.' love affair with the automobile, Americans go through a lot of tires. Various estimates show that around 290 million tires are thrown away each year in this country. Although most of these old tires are reused, recycled or end up in a stockpile somewhere, almost one quarter of them end up in landfills each year — taking up precious space while leaching toxic chemicals into the environment during the 50 to 80 years it takes a tire to break down. Besides crafty Pinterest projects, there are a number of things that Americans as a whole can do with them.
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4 difficult work personalities — and how to deal with them
By Caitlin Harrison
It goes without saying that if you don't like someone you have to work with, it's going to make your job harder — and possibly even slow productivity. Of course, it's important to remember that a perfect workplace doesn't exist, so naturally, the people won't be perfect either. With that in mind, here's a rundown of a few difficult personality types I've seen in the workplace over the years, along with a few tips on how best to deal with them.
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