TIRES

Goodyear’s newest treads

Goodyear introduced a long-lasting Assurance MaxLife tire at its annual dealer conference, held in Nashville this year.

The new Assurance MaxLife is the highest-mileage tire Goodyear has ever made and comes with an 85,000-mile warranty, the Akron tire maker said Friday.

The MaxLife uses what Goodyear calls “TredLife Technology” that provides up to 30 percent more miles compared to the standard all-season tire. The tire also features a treadwear gauge that shows drivers how much tread life remains as the tire wears.

The MaxLife will be available in 45 sizes, from 15 inches to 20 inches, meaning it will fit on approximately 75 percent of the cars, minivans and SUVs now on the road today.

Goodyear also showed off the Eagle Enforcer All Weather police tire at the conference.

“This tire is for law enforcement agencies that need the enhanced winter traction of a mountain snowflake tire and the reliability and responsiveness of a pursuit tire,” Andy Traicoff, vice president, North America Sales, said in a statement.

EMPLOYMENT

Children’s Hospital career fair

Akron Children’s Hospital will hold a career fair from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 for openings on its call center staff. Interested candidates should text CENTER to 44844 to connect with a recruiter and RSVP.

For more information, call 330-543-8330.

Insurance recruiters at KSU

Kent State University will host 25 northeast Ohio insurance agencies for a career fair from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 7 on the second floor of the Student Center.

Candidates can register online at: https://www.kent.edu/columbiana/insurance/careerexploration

Students, alumni and Kent State affiliates are invited to attend.

HOSPITALS

New Clinic affiliation in Florida

The Cleveland Clinic on Friday established a cardiovascular affiliation with Martin Health System, a Florida-based health system, the Plain Dealer reported.

Through the affiliation, the Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute will provide management services, such as clinical direction, quality assurance and access to technologies and techniques, to the Frances Langford Heart Center at Martin Health, according to a news release. With this deal, the Clinic now has affiliations with cardiothoracic surgery and cardiovascular medicine programs in more than 20 hospitals and health systems in the United States.

ECONOMY

GDP grows in fourth quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a solid rate of 2.6 percent in the final three months of last year, helped by the fastest consumer spending since the spring of 2016 and a big rebound in home construction.

The fourth quarter advance in the gross domestic product, the country’s total output of goods and services, followed gains of just above 3 percent in the second and third quarters, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The slowdown in the October-December period reflected a worsening trade deficit and less growth in inventory restocking by companies. For all of 2017, the economy grew 2.3 percent. That is a significant improvement from a 1.5 percent gain in 2016 but little changed from the modest 2.2 percent average growth rate turned in since the Great Recession ended.

TRAVEL

U.S. releases tourism forecast

Despite a slump in international tourism to the U.S. in the last two years, the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday released a report forecasting an 18.5 percent growth in international visitation through 2022.

A chart from the department’s National Travel and Tourism Office forecasts growth every year through 2022, with projections up from last year’s 75.1 million international visitors to 78 million this year, 80.9 million next year, 83.4 million in 2020, 86.2 million in 2021 and 89 million in 2022.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.