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Video: Executive of Year Rick Valeriote follows his father's footsteps
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GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote learned a lot of his values in working for his father, Joe, during the early years of his career at Silcofab, the rubber product firm founded by the elder...
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Wacky World of Rubber: Christmas songs played by a rubber band
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As the holidays approach, who isn't looking for a way to incorporate their love of rubber bands into the celebration? I wasn't sure what to expect from "A Rubber Band Christmas," which seems to...
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Executive of the year: Rick Valeriote leaves impression on industry
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GUELPH, Ontario—When Wasif Khan worked as part of the former DuPont Dow joint venture for automotive applications, he partnered with Rick Valeriote on several projects, including converting...
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GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote's passion, intelligence and creativity have been an inspiration to many. His impact on the industry was among the reasons he was selected as the 2017 Executive of the Year. GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote's passion, intelligence and creativity have been an inspiration to many. His impact on the industry was among the reasons he was selected as the 2017 Executive of the Year. $GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote's passion, intelligence and creativity have been an inspiration to many. His impact on the industry was among the reasons he was selected as the 2017 Executive of the Year.
Driven by emotion: Designing the auto interiors of the future
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DETROIT—How do you want to feel? That was the grand rhetorical question posed by Gaia Crippa, a London-based materials specialist and colors, materials and finishes designer at Chris...
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Executive of the year: Rick Valeriote's son, employees proud to work for him
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GUELPH, Ontario—Geoff Valeriote hears from skeptics all the time who can't believe he works for his father. But he says these people don't know what it's like to work for his dad, Rick...
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Executive of the year: Rick Valeriote leads by example
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GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote has been part of the rubber industry for more than four decades. The journey has taken him from working for his dad, to being a CEO before he was 30. From...
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Cooper Tire to lay off 80 employees
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FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has confirmed it will lay off 80 people in North America. The firm said in an emailed statement that it has reorganized certain departments,...
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Editorial: Elastomer Valley group advocates for Quebec firms
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Much has been in the news lately about the negotiations to re-work the North American Free Trade Agreement. But a lot of those discussions have focused on the U.S. and Mexico, particularly because ...
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There is one association that has quietly championed the rubber industry in Quebec for years. And because of its dedication, the Elastomer Valley group has helped keep rubber manufacturing thriving in Canada. There is one association that has quietly championed the rubber industry in Quebec for years. And because of its dedication, the Elastomer Valley group has helped keep rubber manufacturing thriving in Canada. $There is one association that has quietly championed the rubber industry in Quebec for years. And because of its dedication, the Elastomer Valley group has helped keep rubber manufacturing thriving in Canada.
Rol-Tec investment brings new machine
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ASHWAUBENON, Wis.—Rol-Tec Inc. has invested in a second precision laser engraving machine to meet growing demand for in-the-round flexo printing sleeves and cylinders.This second Kronos...
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Wacky World of Rubber: Something's popping
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Visiting Grandma, there were certain things you could count on. You knew, for instance, that there would be cookies in the cookie jar, and that she was going to challenge you to a game of rummy....
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Published on September 5, 2005

DOT issues 43 codes for tires destined for U.S.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation issued 43 new DOT tire plant codes-needed for selling tires in the U.S.-during 2004 and early 2005.

That number includes 25 companies representing Chinese tire makers and codes for Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd.'s new U.S. factory in White, Ga., and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s converted tread rubber facility in Athens, Ga.

There are now 160 tire factories in China with a DOT new tire plant code, according to the Department of Transportation's database. Industry sources indicate there may be as many as 300 tire plants in China, although a great number of these supposedly make primarily bicycle and/or scooter tires and tubes. The latest list from the DOT shows 740 codes issued, including 195 issued in the past five years.

The DOT symbol indicates a tire maker certifies the tire meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requirements. A manufacturer is not required to test the tires, but if they are sold in the U.S. they are subject to random testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with penalties assessed if the tires aren't in compliance with federal standards.

Tires found not in compliance with the federal standards will be recalled, and the manufacturer is subject to civil penalties of up to $5,000 per tire, up to a maximum of $15 million for any related series of violations, according to agency documents.

Of the 740 codes listed, 111 are for factories that are closed. Another 28 are for plants that don't make tires or make only bicycle tires.

Officially, the transportation department keeps codes for closed or sold plants in its active list for up to eight years after a change occurs, covering the limit of legal jurisdiction in which the DOT has to order a recall.

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Plants on-stream (2004-2005)

* Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.-Athens, Ga.; on-stream May/June 2005; 100,000 racing tires per year; 30-50 employees; $11 million investment (conversion of former tread rubber plant).

* Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.-Bangkok, Thailand; on-stream April 2005; 350,000 truck and bus tires per year; 300 employees; $50 million investment.

* Nokian Tyres P.L.C.-Vsevolozhsk, Russia; on-stream June 2005; 1.5 million passenger tires per year; 200 employees; $63.5 million investment.

* Hwa Fong Rubber Co. Ltd.-Bangkok, Thailand; on-stream late 2004; 12 million tires a year (including 6 million industrial tires); $10 million investment.

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