TTDA Today
May. 22, 2013

Crews comb devastation in Oklahoma; confirmed death toll lowered to 24
NBC News
Rescue teams combed through pulverized buildings and splintered homes early May 21 after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history blasted through the suburbs of Oklahoma City, killing at least 24 people. The confirmed death toll from the Oklahoma medical examiner was lowered from an earlier figure of 51, illustrating the confusion as day broke over the shattered city of Moore. It was not clear how many children were included in the revised death toll, and authorities cautioned the toll could change again. Entire blocks of Moore appeared as though they had been razed, and cars were mangled beyond recognition. At least 120 people were injured.

Note: Several tire store locations in Moore, Okla., were destroyed. TTDA is asking members to keep all those impacted by the tornado in our prayers. We also are encouraging those who would like to help to make financial donations to the American Red Cross and designate the donation for the Oklahoma Relief Fund.More

TSD opens facility in Texas to ship carbon black
Rubber News
TSD Logistics Inc. has opened a transloading facility in Texarkana to supply carbon black to tire manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. TSD has been involved in shipping carbon black to customers for more than 30 years, but starting up the transloading facility in mid-March is a new business segment for the company. The facility accepts overseas shipments of carbon black in large bags of about 2,200 pounds each.More

New report projects aftermarket to reach $263 billion
Tire Review
The U.S. automotive aftermarket — parts, service and tires — is expected to grow 3.4 percent annually through 2016 to $263.8 billion, according to the new Channel Forecast Model sponsored by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association.More

3 ways to get better results from your communications
Communicating from the proper perspective is essential to good business results. The following are three ways to make you're able to do that, every time.More

Dysfunctional legislators
Tire Business
Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association, decried this dubious record supposedly of the 535 members of the U.S. Congress. More

Should Texas dealerships get to pay less taxes?
Modern Tire Dealer
The Texas Franchise Tax legislation was included in Substitute House Bill 500, which recently passed the Texas State House.More

Big banks dive back into small business lending
The Financial Brand
Approval rates on business loans from big banks (those with over $10 billion in assets) have improved dramatically over the past year, according to the Small Business Lending Index from Biz2Credit. The index shows that big bank approval leapt in September 2012, and since then it has been steadily increasing. In April big bank approval rates for small business loans reached a record high, peaking at 16.8 percent. In a year-to-year comparison, approvals at big banks are up over 50 percent. More

House once again votes to repeal health care reform law
Tire Business
For the third time, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal the health care reform law, but it again looks highly unlikely that the Democrat-controlled Senate will follow suit. By a 229-195 margin, the House on May 16 approved the repeal measure, HR 45, introduced by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. However, it is almost certain the measure will not become law. It is unlikely to be considered by the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority.More

Survey finds Texas ranks among top 5 states for small business
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Texas ranked among the top five states for friendly environments for small business for the second year in a row, a national survey released earlier this month showed. The survey, conducted by Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and job marketing website, polled small-business owners across the country, ranking Texas No. 3 for best employment and labor laws and No. 4 for best environmental rankings. "For the second year, Texas sets an excellent example of what small businesses want," Sander Daniels, co-founder of the website, said in a statement to A-J Media. "The state's straightforward regulations, low taxes and high-quality resources put entrepreneurs in a position to grow and succeed."More

Del-Nat donates $1 for every used tire collected
Modern Tire Dealer
A volunteer team from Memphis-based Del-Nat Tire Corp. collected 832 used and discarded tires on Saturday, May 11. The company plans to "transform" the tires into living trees. For each tire collected, Del-Nat is donating $1 toward the purchase of trees. It has dubbed the clean-up program "Tires for Trees." "We feel this is a perfect way for Del-Nat to contribute to our community, helping to beautify our city, and combating a health hazard by eliminating places — inside discarded tires — where mosquitoes can breed," says President Jim Mayfield. "You could say we're completing the cycle, from delivering new tires to properly disposing the used ones."More

How to win the loyalty marathon
Fast Casual
If you look at it, the mindset needed for successful marathon running is very similar to the mindset you need to launch a successful customer loyalty program. To achieve strong results in either one, you have to be patient, willing to stick to your plan and trust your training.More