Thermo King honors leading 2012 dealers at annual dealer meeting

Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, honored leading 2012 dealers at its annual dealer meeting early in 2013. The company recognized regional dealers of the year, as well as individual efforts at both the dealer and corporate levels. Award recipients included:

Dealers of Year

  • 2012 Western Region Dealer of the Year — Thermo King Intermountain (Salt Lake City UT)

  • 2012 Southeast Region Dealer of the Year — Thermo King of Houston (Houston TX)

  • 2012 Eastern Region Dealer of the Year — Thermo King of Columbia (Columbia SC)

  • 2012 Midwest Region Dealer of the Year — Thermo King Michigan (Detroit MI)

  • 2012 Bus Dealer of the Year — Thermo King East (Carlstadt NJ)

Individual awards

  • 2012 Dealer Sales Manager of the Year — Michele Commaroto-Ferioli, Thermo King of the Southeast (Florida and Georgia)

  • 2012 Dealer Parts Manager of the Year — George Knott, Thermo King Fresno (Fresno CA)

  • 2012 Dealer Service Manager of the Year — Charles Williams, Thermo King Intermountain (Salt Lake City UT)

  • 2012 District Sales Manager of the Year — Dave Deane, District 1, Northeast Region (Chenango Forks NY)

  • 2012 District Service Manager of the Year — Tom Bland, District 12, Western Region (Syracuse UT)

  • 2012 National Accounts Manager of the Year — Rick McClurg (Greenwood IN)

  • 2012 Bus Manager of the Year — Bill Gall, Western Region sales manager, Bus Climate Control (Clayton CA)

Yokohama Rubber Co to build US tire plant

The Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd announced that it would construct a new plant to manufacture truck/bus (TB) tires in the United States.

With a capital investment of $300 million, the Japanese tire maker plans to build the new plant with an annual production capacity of one million tires. Under the company's plan, the construction will begin by September 2013 for starting production from October 2015. The location, proposed to be in West Point MS, is awaiting legislative approval from the state.

Yokohama Rubber has been providing tires to the North American market through GTY Tire Co, a US joint venture company specialized in manufacturing TB tires, and through export from Japan and Thailand. Yokohama Rubber considered it necessary to build the new plant to strengthen “local production for local consumption.”

The new plant is slated to be built on a more than 500-acre site and represents Phase I of Yokohama's overall plan for the site. Potential expansions could increase the original business size up to about four times in accordance with future business growth.

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