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TRELLEBORG, Sweden - The announcement in August by Michigan´s governor that Trelleborg Automotive plans to build a technical center near Livonia, MI, is premature, according to a senior Trelleborg spokesman.

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. operations of the world’s three largest tire makers spent nearly USD 2.2 million combined in lobbying Congress and federal agencies on government issues in the first half of 2007, according to lobbying reports filed with the Senate.

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RALEIGH, North Carolina - It took only two days for the North Carolina General Assembly and the governor to negotiate and approve a compromise bill Sept. 11 that provides incentives for both Goodyear and Bridgestone/Firestone to upgrade their tire plants in the state.

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GADSDEN, Alabama - Goodyear broke ground Sept. 14 on a USD 100 million-plus, two- to three-year modernization and expansion of its 78-year-old passenger and light truck tire plant in Gadsden that will add capacity for higher-value, larger rim-diameter tires.

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Source: Daily "Bangkok Post", Bangkok; 3 Oct 2007

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Oklahoma - Tire production has stopped, but the Bridgestone Firestone name will live on in western Oklahoma City after the company donated 60 acres of land Monday for a new elementary school and a nature reserve.

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GREENVILLE, South Carolina - Michelin North America Inc. is warning consumers in the U.S. and Canada that prize notifications sent in the company’s name to people in at least nine states is a scam.

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FINDLAY, Ohio - Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has named Jim Smith general director and Chris Barbara director of marketing of the firm’s newly announced joint venture in Mexico. Smith previously was plant controller at the firm’s Texarkana, Ark., tire plant. Barbara’s last job was manager of sales training.

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02. October 2007

BFS adds Dueler tire

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Bridgestone/Firestone has added the Dueler A/T 695 light truck tire to its Dueler lineup, replacing the Dueler A/T 693.

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FINDLAY, Ohio - Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has named Jim Smith general director and Chris Barbara director of marketing of the firm’s newly announced joint venture in Mexico.

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