LAS VEGAS (Jan. 21)—The president of Goodyear´s North American Tire Group apologized to dealers for the poor fill-rate the company had in 1999, but assured them the firm had taken the necessary steps to greatly improve the situation this year. William Sharp told dealers meeting in Las Vegas that Goodyear will be able to supply the 9 million additional tires it needs to supply to replacement customers through a number of measures, including increased production in Gadsden, Ala.; importing more tires from Poland and Brazil; and capping its original equipment business at the 1999 level.
Goodyear executive apologizes to dealers
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