WASHINGTON (June 27)—Rubber manufacturers and tire dealers in the Midwest aren´t happy about record-high oil and gasoline prices, but they aren´t panicking yet, according to company officials interviewed by Rubber & Plastics News. Average gas prices have risen more than 30 cents per gallon in one month in several states, hitting highs of $2.50 per gallon in the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. Manufacturers and dealers say they´ve felt some crunch in raw materials and shipping costs, but not enough yet to hurt much.
Midwest rubber manufacturers weather skyrocketing oil, gas prices
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