Michelin North America, Inc., has agreed to settle lawsuits against Carlstar Group, LLC and former Michelin employee Michael Dotson. A court in the US state of South Carolina has permanently prohibited Dotson from using or revealing any Michelin trade secret or confidential information and ordered him to return any Michelin information in his possession. Dotson also agreed to pay Michelin the financial damages sought in the lawsuit, which accused him of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of his non-disclosure agreement.
The Carlstar Group has strengthened its team with the appointment of a European product manager. The company reported today that Balazs Sztranyai began in this role last September. Sztranyai is based in Carlstar’s European head office and supports the Group and its partners on site as well for field testing or surveys for all segments and brands, including Carlisle, ITP, BlackRock, Marastar, Unique and Cragar.
Carlstar has announced the opening of a new Canadian distribution facility located in Edmonton, Alberta. The 60,000 square-foot facility offers full distribution capabilities, including assemblies in all sizes, the tyremaker said.
The Carlstar Group has agreed to sell its Carlstar Belts Business to Timken Company. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015 following customary government and regulatory approvals.
The Carlstar Group appointed Laren Harmon as executive vice president of sales on 30 March. Harmon reports to chief executive officer John Salvatore and “will lead the implementation of global growth strategies and emphasize customer satisfaction”, according to the firm. In addition, Harmon will oversee the US tyre and wheel sales organization as well as customer service.
The Carlstar Group has launched the Carlisle Ultra Guard MX. Like the existing Ultra Guard series, the Ultra Guard MX is designed for severe duty applications but is also offers features specifically designed for mixed surface applications.