QUINCY, Ill. (Nov. 2)—Former Goodyear executive Ernest J. Rodia has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of agricultural and industrial tire and wheel maker Titan International Inc., effective Nov. 1.
After a long career with Goodyear starting as a squad trainee in 1966 in Akron, Rodia retired as vice president of global engineering and manufacturing technology in December 2003. In 1972, he was a member of the startup design team for Goodyear's entry into radial tires and also directed tire manufacturing for the company's Europe and Asia markets.
After a short retirement, Rodia rejoined Goodyear as plant manager of its Kelly-Springfield/Goodyear farm tire plant in Freeport, Ill.
Titan has been in talks since February with Goodyear to buy the Akron company's farm tire business—including the Freeport facility—for $100 million. The sale is still pending Titan reaching an agreement with the union at Freeport.
At Titan, Rodia will oversee day-to-day operations and guide Titan's future growth, the company said.
Maurice Taylor Jr., Titan chairman and CEO, said he is "very pleased that Ernie is joining the Titan team. We're growing, and Ernie can help us expand in our new, exciting future."