FULLERTON, Calif. (April 7, 2010) — Jim MacMaster, Yokohama Tire Corp. executive vice president and chief operating officer, will retire June 30 after 39 years in the tire industry, including the last 29 with YTC.
“The tire industry has been home for most of my adult life,” MacMaster said. “I'll certainly miss the everyday challenges at Yokohama and all of the great people I've worked with for so many years, but I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family in Georgia and doing a lot of traveling.”
MacMaster, who also served as chairman of the Rubber Manufacturers Association from 2007-2009, began his career with a three-year stint in the Navy, followed by work in the defense and computer industries and then 10 years on the manufacturing and dealer side of the tire business. He joined YTC in January 1981.
During his tenure at Yokohama, the firm grew from a $30 million company to nearly $1 billion and is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., the seventh largest tire manufacturer in the world.
“When I look back, my proudest achievement at Yokohama was the acquisition and expansion of our Salem, Va., facility in 1989,” he said. “The flexible architecture of that plant lets us build an array of types and sizes of tires, which adds to YTC's competitiveness in the North American marketplace.”
According to YTC president and CEO Takao Oishi, “Jim has held nearly every leadership position at YTC, where he has been the foundation and the face of our company. We all will deeply miss his keen insights and industry knowledge.”