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At the announcement that Giti Tire will build a plant in Chester County, S.C., (left to right),
July 23, 2014

Giti Tire to spend $560 million on its first U.S. plant  

Giti Tire Co. Ltd. announced June 16, 2014, that it is building a consumer tire plant in Chester County, S.C. Executives from Giti and its North American subsidiary, Giti Tire (USA) Ltd., joined South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and state and county officials in announcing the plan.

Tags: Bob Bissler, GITI Tire (USA) Ltd., Tire plants

Wheel weight update
June 27, 2014

Wheel weight update  

From start to finish, it took only a few months to get the ban on lead wheel weights approved in Minnesota.

Tags: Gregory Parker, Perfect Equipment, Wegmann automotive USA Inc., Wheel weights

ITDG CEO and President Mike Cox, left, recently played host to group members John and Karen Marshall
June 20, 2014

ITDG's ‘Band of Brothers’ continues on fast growth track  

The group that calls itself the “Band of Brothers” has been on a fast track of growth since its inception 20 years ago. The Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC (ITDG) celebrated its anniversary in Cancun last month.

Tags: Chris Wyborny, Independent Tire Dealers Group, ITDG, Mike Cox

Cooper says its siping technology improves wet and dry handling throughout the life of the CS5 Grand
June 20, 2014

Cooper debuts CS5 Touring tires  

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the CS5 Touring, a premium touring tire line with two all-season tread options. It also has four speed ratings, including the company’s first-ever W rating for a touring tire. The CS5 is available in 78 sizes in Grand Touring (T-rated) and Ultra Touring (H-, V- and W- rated) tread options.

Tags: Cooper CS5 Grand Touring, Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Touring Tires

The Cinturato P1 Plus was prominently displayed at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
June 20, 2014

Pirelli launches Cinturato P1 Plus in New York  

Chicago has Bridgestone. Detroit has Michelin. Los Angeles has Yokohama. And New York, as in the New York International Auto Show, has Pirelli.

Tags: New York International Auto Show, Pirelli, Pirelli Cinturato P1 Plus

United Tire & Service partners (from left) Andy Chafolsky, Jeff Cohen, Ken Sylvester and Tim
June 18, 2014

17 independent tire stores band together to form United Tire & Service  

The name United Tire & Service LLC reflects the mission of 17 independent tire stores in Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley: unite to compete against big box retailers and national tire dealers. “We are individual businessmen who have gotten together to buy better,” says Ken Sylvester, president.

Tags: Andy Chafolsky, Dealer Groups, Jeff Cohen, Ken Sylvester, Program groups, Tim Steigerwalt, United Tire & Service

Jack Williams Tire launches myTireShop
May 28, 2014

Jack Williams Tire launches myTireShop  

The corporate philosophy at Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. is to provide the best customer experience possible. It should be no surprise, then, that the focus of the company’s newly launched myTireShop Certified Shop program group, designed for its wholesale customers, is ultimately on the consumer. There are many advantages for the participating retail dealers, too.

Tags: Jack Williams Tire, myTireShop.com, News/views

Bartec USA LLC showcased the Tech500 TPMS tool and CEO Scot Holloway offered SEMA Show attendees a
May 28, 2014

Next-gen TPMS technology  

Examples of the latest tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.

Tags: 31 Inc., Bartec USA, Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd., Schrader International, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS, VDO

Brian Mielko, vice president of sales, corporate accounts, for Dynamic Tire, uses the Sailun
May 28, 2014

Sailun promotes value and quality  

Sailun is not yet a high-profile tire brand. It is currently distributed exclusively by TBC Corp. in the United States and Mexico and Dynamic Tire Corp. in Canada, and has only been around for the last 11 years.

Tags: Brian Mielko, Jon Vance, Sailun Tire Corp.

Falken dealers were treated to volcano and river expeditions during their incentive trip to Iceland.
May 28, 2014

Falken reveals plans to expand  

Modern Tire Dealer had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Richard Smallwood, president of Falken Tire Corp.; Andrew Hoit, new vice president of sales; and Rick Brennan, executive director of marketing; during Falken’s recent dealer trip to Iceland.

Tags: Andrew Hoit, Falken TIre Corp., Iceland, Richard Smallwood, Rick Brennan

Bridgestone says the DriveGuard line has overcome the rapid wear, harsh ride, high price and limited
May 28, 2014

Bridgestone launches an all-season replacement run-flat line  

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has launched a line of all-season tires that combines run-flat capability with the smooth ride of a conventional tire. The company says DriveGuard tires are the first full line of mass-market replacement tires available for coupes, sedans and wagons not originally equipped with run-flat tires.

Tags: Bridgestone Americas Inc., CUV tires, Run-flat tires, SUV Tires

Wayne Dyer, SE regional sales manager for Wegmann automotive USA Inc., provided training to Myers
May 28, 2014

Myers Tire Supply hosts vendor fair  

Fifty-one suppliers were on hand to showcase their wares at the Myers Tire Supply Sales Meeting and Vendor Fair, held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in March.

Tags: Myers Tire Supply, Vendor fair

Tire Factory dealers saw a model of the new branding initiative at their annual meeting. “We
April 21, 2014

Tire Factory becomes a cooperative  

Tire Factory LLC capped its final year as a partnership with 28 more stores, about 8% more in revenues, and approximately a 5% increase in units of tires shipped. The dealer program group is beginning 2014 as a cooperative. The change in structure, which was passed by 97% of members, became effective Jan. 1.

Tags: Ann Neal, Focus on dealers, Tire Factory, Tire Factory LLC

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The WS80 is available in 48 sizes in 15-inch to 18-inch rim diameters, 35 to 70 series, and speed
March 28, 2014

Winter control: Bridgestone advances ‘Blizzak advantage’  

Bridgestone Americas Inc. says the water dispersal ability of its new Blizzak WS80 winter tire for passenger cars and minivans is superior to its predecessor. It helps the tire create more grip on ice and snow. Dealers can begin placing orders this month for the WS80, which will officially launch in July 2014.

Tags: Ann Neal, Bridgestone Americas Inc., Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Bridgestone Blizzak, Snow tires, Winter tires

Goodyear Chairman and CEO Richard Kramer says evidence of a rebounding economy includes an increase
March 28, 2014

Goodyear says: Get ready for the millennials!  

Richard Kramer, chairman and CEO of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., told attendees at the 2014 Goodyear Dealer Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 that new car sales grew in 2013. That is a very positive sign for the replacement business to come.

Tags: Bob Bissler, Dealer meetings, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Millennials, Richard Kramer

“We are still shipping far too many tires from overseas to the U.S. and the Americas,”
March 28, 2014

Continental is ahead of schedule  

When Continental announced it was going to build a consumer tire plant in Sumter, S.C., Continental and General tire dealers couldn’t wait for the facility to be up and running. That was in 2011, when the company’s fill rates were, by all accounts, too low.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Jochen Etzel, Tire plant

Jim Degenhardt, owner of Degenhardt Tire in West Salem, Wis., won a 2014 Ford Focus from Cooper
March 28, 2014

K&M Tire wants to fill in its southern territories in 2014  

K&M Tire Inc. added warehouses, expanded commercial and farm tire offerings, grew the Mr. Tire and Big 3 Tire marketing programs, and improved its Web-based tire ordering system in 2013.

Tags: Ann Neal, Hankook Tire America Corp., Jennifer Benham, Jim Degenhardt, K&M Tire Inc., Nate Benham

Byeong Jin Lee said the company wants to start tire production at its plant in Tennessee within 18
March 28, 2014

New factories, tire introductions, a TV ad campaign and MLB support  

Hankook dealers who assembled at the company’s annual Partner’s Day, held in Jamaica this year, were told that the company is on schedule for the ground-breaking of its new Clarksville, Tenn., tire factory during the second half of this year.

Tags: Brandon Hur, Byeong Jin Lee, Greg Smith, Hankook Tire America Corp., Jeong Ho Park, Shawn Denlein

Jim Robinson, owner of Black’s Tire Pros in Ottumwa, Iowa, fills out a form to get 15% off
March 28, 2014

560 locations and counting  

Since purchasing the Tire Pros franchise program from AM-PAC Tire Distributors Inc. five years ago, American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) hasn’t focused on growth for growth’s sake. It has focused on “sustained” growth.

Tags: American Tire Distributors, ATD, Bob Ulrich, Dan Brown, Tire Pros

K&M Tire President Ken Langhals expects consolidation in the wholesale segment to continue.
March 27, 2014

Speed and size of transactions reflect pressures on smaller distributors  

Just three months into 2014 and already three wholesalers have been acquired by larger companies.

Tags: American Tire Distributors, Ann Neal, ATD, Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., K&M Tire Inc., Nick Mitchell, TDW, Terry's Tire Town

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