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ITEC adds exhibit space

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AKRON—A limited number of booths have been added for the 2014 International Tire Exhibition & Conference.

Because of the high response for exhibit space for the show, organized by Rubber & Plastics News, a small number of 10-foot by 10-foot and 10-foot by 20-foot booths have been added in prime traffic areas. Exhibitors already signed on for ITEC come from 21 states throughout the U.S. as well as from 10 other countries, including Germany, Italy, France, China and India.

ITEC also includes a three-day conference program of technical papers focused solely on the tire manufacturing industry. The event is being held Sept. 9-11 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

For more information on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, the technical program or other features of the 2014 ITEC Manufacturing Show, go to

Bridgestone plans investment in Italy

ROME—Bridgestone Corp., backed by funding from the Italian investment agency Invitalia, is planning to invest $57 million in its car and light truck tire plant in Bari, Italy.

The firm initially announced it would close the plant in March 2013, but it reversed the decision six months later after a rescue plan was agreed upon with Italian government and labor union officials.

Invitalia is providing $19 million in funding for the project, which will upgrade the 52-year-old factory's tire-assembly machinery and restore capacity to 3.5 million tires a year.

Cooper Tire may upgrade factory in Tupelo, Miss.

FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is evaluating an investment of perhaps as much as $140 million to modernize its 30-year-old Tupelo, Miss., car and light truck tire plant, aided by up to $39 million in state and local funding.

Cooper said the investment is to modernize equipment in Tupelo, but declined to discuss specifics.