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Clay Egan, finance manager at Tire Zone Tire Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a professional
April 6, 2015

Tire Factory signals a change in strategy  

Tire Factory Inc. added tire brands, unveiled digital marketing technology and distributed $3.8 million in profits and volume purchase bonuses at its annual dealer meeting in Portland, Ore., Feb. 20-22, 2015. The cooperative’s management team also signaled the need for a change in strategic direction to its members.

Tags: Clay Egan, Dealer meeting, John Kreidel, Tire Factory LLC

Greg Olsen (center), an All-Pro tight end for the National Football League’s Carolina
April 6, 2015

Hankook introduces 2 tires  

Hankook Tire America Corp. used its annual Partner’s Day meeting in Cancun, Mexico, to unveil the 2015 launch dates of two Hankook passenger tires for the North American market.

Tags: Dealer meeting, Greg Olsen, Hankook, Hankook Tire America Corp., Hee-se Ahn, Laufenn, Shawn Denlein

K&M dealer Ron Rainsberg Jr. of Tiremaxx in Toledo, Ohio, and his wife, Teri, won a 2015 Jeep
April 6, 2015

K&M goes south to meet new dealers  

K&M Tire Inc. doesn’t expect to continue its rapid growth of the last few years, but that’s just fine for the leaders of this family-owned tire wholesaler.

Tags: Dealer meeting, K&M Tire Inc., Ken Langhals, Kevin Knebel

The Kelly Edge powerline will reach 89% of its targeted market segment, a greater percentage than
April 6, 2015

Goodyear tells dealers it will sell tires online  

There were many “takeaways” from the recent 2015 Goodyear Dealer Meeting in Grapevine, Texas. Two of the more newsworthy were the announcement that Goodyear would soon be selling tires on goodyear.com, and the introduction of a low-cost radial manufactured in the U.S.

Tags: Andy Traicoff, Dealer meeting, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Online selling, Rich Kramer

Andrew Stivers applies tread rubber at the Great Lakes Best-One Tire and Service’s Bandag
April 10, 2015

Plentiful low-cost truck tire imports cloud retreaders’ outlook  

Production of retreaded truck tires grew nearly 5% in 2014, according to Modern Tire Dealer market data. Yet David Stevens, managing director of the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) says retreaders expect a flat year in 2015. “I don’t think anyone is forecasting much in the way of growth,” he says

Tags: Retreaders, Retreading, Top 100 Retreaders list

The BH03 was one of two futuristic tire concepts from Goodyear on display at the Geneva Motor Show.
April 14, 2015

An insight into tomorrow’s tires  

It has certainly been a period of “show time” in Europe in the past couple of months with the internationally prestigious Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, following February’s Tire Technology Expo in Germany (which I reported on in the March edition of MTD).

Tags: Apollo Vredestein, Bridgestone Corp., Continental AG, European Notebook, Future of Tire Technology, Geneva Motor Show, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., John Stone, Pirelli & Cie SpA, Trade show, Yokohama Tire Corp.

Manny Geno considers Tire Pros, and all the tools they offer him, his dealership’s secret
April 14, 2015

For the dealer, by the dealer  Cover Story

When Manny Geno took over the family tire business in 2006, he wanted to transform it from a grease monkey, good ol’ boy shop to a destination for customers who need tire and automotive work in the small town of Booneville, Miss.

Tags: American Tire Distributors, Big O Tires, Community Wholesale Tire Inc., Conrad's Tire Service Inc., Independent Tire Dealers, Independent Tire Dealers Group, Jack Williams Tire Co., Joy Kopcha, K & M Tire, Kauffman Tire, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Program groups, SPF Management LLC, TBC Corp., Tire Factory, Tire Solutions, U.S. AutoForce

How to prevent harassment
April 10, 2015

How to prevent harassment  

At most, political correctness has taken over our lives. At the very least, it has taken over our livelihoods.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Sexual harassment

The Robinair AC 1234-6 ACS features a large, colorful graphic display screen and an on-board printer
April 14, 2015

Get ready for R-1234yf  

As more automotive manufacturers transition to using R-1234yf refrigerant, the need to update technicians’ training and the equipment in your shop is imminent.

Tags: A/C service, Air conditioning, AirSept, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Mahle Service Solutions, Refrigerant, Robinair

The 2012 Honda Crosstour is a typical model using this article’s tire pressure monitoring
April 6, 2015

2008-2013 Honda Accord and Crosstour TPMS  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the 2008-2013 Honda Accord and Crosstour consists of a low tire pressure indicator, TPMS indicator, and TPMS control unit.

Tags: Honda, Honda Accord, Honda Crosstour, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

The consistent tread block rigidity of the new g-Force Comp-2 A/S tire resists irregular wear
April 15, 2015

BFG tour challenges dealers to test the new g-Force tire  

The new BFGoodrich brand g-Force Comp-2 A/S comes in more sizes, is more durable and has more all-weather capabilities than its predecessor. Michelin North America Inc. says 50% of the volume of the new ultra-high performance Z-rated tire will come from new sizes.

Tags: BFG, BFGoodrich Tires, High Performance Tires, Michelin North America Inc., Passenger tires, Ultra-high performance tires

Mike Finley (left) goes over MyTireShop.com associate dealer program benefits with business owners
April 10, 2015

Jack Williams Tire: Taking care of its customers  

What do Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. have in common? They both are known for taking care of business.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Jack Williams Tire Co., News/views

(From left): Greg Smith, MTD publisher, hosted the tire manufacturers’ panel consisting of:
April 6, 2015

OTR market conditions  

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) Off-the-Road Tire Conference has long served as a valuable venue for learning not only about what’s happening in the OTR marketplace, but also about the overall economic health of many different industries.

Tags: Greg Smith, Off-the-Road Tire Conference, OTR, TIA, Tire Industry Association

Construction highlights of the DWS06 include 1) a high strength, two-ply sidewall; 2) a Sport
April 15, 2015

Continental’s ExtremeContact DWS06  

"Don’t screw it up.” That was the mantra among the Continental dealers who loved the ExtremeContact DWS. And engineers at Continental listened.

Tags: All-Season Tires, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Ultra-high performance tires

Higher average service tickets more than offset weak traffic trends
April 14, 2015

Higher average service tickets more than offset weak traffic trends  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires was down slightly in February. From a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.7% fewer tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.1% increase in January and a 0.7% increase in December.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Northcoast Research Holdings, Your Marketplace

The new counter works for both the dealership’s employees and their customers. It is now
April 15, 2015

100 years old and open to change  

Since 1911, Daniels Tire Service has been serving the greater Los Angeles and surrounding areas with dependable, quality products and service. Daniels Tire Service is a premier provider of commercial tires and operates a collection of retail tire and automotive repair locations.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Sales training, Wayne Williams

Figure 1: Identifying the driver information center (DIC) buttons. Art courtesy of General Motors
April 15, 2015

2010-2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain  

The tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) of the 2010 – 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain uses the instrument panel cluster (IPC), body control module (BCM), four radio frequency transmitting pressure sensors, and the serial data circuit to perform the TPMS relearn mode functions.

Tags: Chevrolet Equinox, Chevy, GMC Terrain, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

Alliance says it developed the Galaxy Giraffe XLW with extremely sturdy sidewalls, special tread
April 14, 2015

Sales of industrial tires pick up as ports and construction sites get busier  

When the mining industry slumped, OTR retreader Noah Hickman of H&H Industries Inc. looked elsewhere for business. “We’ve branched out into markets such as ports, construction, and other areas to combat the slowdown of the coal market,” says Hickman, whose Oak Hill, Ohio-based company holds the No. 25 spot on Modern Tire Dealer’s “2015 Top 100 retreaders” list.

Tags: Alliance Tire Group, BKT Tires (USA) Inc., Camoplast Solideal Inc., Continental Tire the Americas LLC, East Bay Tire Co., Industrial tires, Michelin North America Inc., Rovince International Corp., Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc.

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