TIRES

Boeing OKs Goodyear model

The Boeing Co. has certified the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s ultra-lightweight Flight Radial aviation tire for its 777X airplane. With this designation, the Goodyear Flight Radial becomes the first product to receive Boeing system part certification for the 777X.

The Flight Radial, one of Goodyear’s most advanced aviation products, features Goodyear Featherweight Alloy Core Bead Technology, the latest in Goodyear lightweight radial aircraft technology, for weight reduction and reduced operating costs. The tire also contains strong, rigid tread belts with enhanced rubber for dimensional stability, longer service life and increased cut resistance, plus other features.

In December 2015, Goodyear announced that Boeing had selected the Flight Radial for the nose and main landing gear of the 777X, which is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

“The Flight Radial earning the first system part certification for this advanced aircraft is a tremendous achievement and a testament to Goodyear’s advanced aviation tire technology and capabilities,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, CEO and president of Goodyear. “We are committed to supplying premium products and services to Boeing and look forward to equipping the Boeing 777X with our Flight Radial tire.”

SOFTWARE

Metisentry buys K.C. firm

Metisentry, an Akron-based web development firm, announced in a news release that it has acquired the Missouri-based WillCo Technologies, a company that serves as the largest credentials management software provider to the U.S. Department of Defense.

WillCo’s Kansas City office will serve as a new location for Metisentry and all employees will be retained, the release said.

WillCo provides service for more than 1.5 million users through its Information Assurance Strategic Tracking and Reporting (IASTAR) online software. The U.S. Army uses a customized version of the IASTAR software as its sole information assurance compliance program for a Department of Defense directive.

Metisentry’s specialties include “software as a service” (SaaS) product development, utilizing cloud hosting and software development.

“WillCo has an excellent growing SaaS product and we know that with the added capabilities at Metisentry, we can take the product, customer service and overall client experience to the next level,” said Mike Fischer, Metisentry’s CEO, in the release.

AUTOS

Great Lakes Group expands

A Northeast Ohio auto-dealer group has made its first foray into the central Ohio market, buying Dennis Kia in Columbus.

Great Lakes Automotive Group took ownership of the dealership on Monday and renamed it Kia of Easton, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

“It just made sense for both of us,” said Keith Dennis, owner of Dennis Automotive Group, which also owns Hyundai franchises in the Columbus area.

Great Lakes is adding to a portfolio that already includes dealerships that sell nine new-car brands, with locations in Akron, Ashtabula, Jefferson, Kingsville and Streetsboro. This is the company’s first Kia store.

“This was a win-win transaction for both of us,” said Joey Huang, president of Great Lakes, in a statement. “We have wanted to be in the central Ohio market for some time, and this was a good fit for us.”

AIRLINES

Delta to start free messaging

Delta Air Lines says it will let passengers send mobile messages for free during flights beginning Sunday.

Delta says passengers will be able to send messages using iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

The service will be offered through Delta’s Wi-Fi service from broadband provider Gogo. The airline said Wednesday that it will be for text only — not for transferring photos or video.

A Delta spokeswoman says voice calls will still be banned, and so will SMS texts sent using cell networks, which are prohibited by federal rules.

Delta says it is the first U.S. carrier with trans-ocean routes to offer free mobile messaging.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.