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AKRON: A proposed $125 million investment in Goodyear´s Gadsden, Ala., plant received local tax abatement approval, though the company has not formally decided to go ahead with the investment.

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NEWARK, New Jersey - Plaintiffs´ attorneys are seeking class action status against a Chinese tire maker, U.S. importer and several other tire makers involved in a 450,000-tire recall.

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Adrian, Michigan - Wacker Chemical Corp. named Ingo Kovar president and CEO and announced Levi J. Cottington IV would take his place as vice president, business unit elastomers.

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Bridgestone Firestone Latin American Tire Operations has made two changes to president positions within the unit, effective Aug. 1.

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QUERETARO, Mexico - Michelin opened its Michelin Retread Technologies tread manufacturing plant in Queretaro, the company announced.

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AKRON: Goodyear is kicking off its second "Free Air" campaign this summer to try to help motorists save money on gasoline by keeping their tires inflated.

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FULLERTON, California - Yokohama Tire Corp.´s full line of consumer tires will be available to 3,700 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealers across the U.S. as part of a pact with Chrysler Group´s Mopar parts and service arm and its T.I.R.E. Works program.

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Albemarle Corp. said it will boost its ownership to 75 percent from 25 percent in two joint ventures in China, Ningbo Jinhai Albemarle Chemical & Industry Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Jinhai Albemarle Fine Chemicals Co. Ltd.

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TOLEDO, Ohio - Dana Corp. has completed the sale of its European fluid products hose and tubing operations to Orhan Holding, valuing the global business at USD 85 million.

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee: The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is awarding each county in the state a total of $4.2 million in waste tire grants this year.

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