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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

Although Rice Tire hired a marketing company to help with its rebranding, the new logo was designed
February 11, 2014

From ‘Round Tires and Straight Deals’ to ‘Experts in Tire Solutions’  

After 55 years, the Donald B. Rice Tire Co. Inc. has a new trade name, Rice Tire, and a new logo focusing on tire solutions for retail, commercial and wholesale customers in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia markets.

Tags: Chris Chase, Donald B. Rice Tire Co., Rice Tire

The new Michelin Premier A/S tire. 
February 11, 2014

Michelin debuts ‘game changer’  

Michelin North America Inc. used last month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit as a backdrop to introduce its Premier A/S passenger tire.

Tags: Michelin North America Inc., Michelin Premier A/S, Pete Selleck, Scott Clark

Alliance introduced Agriflex IF 363 and IF 354 ag tires, the Galaxy Garden Pro R-3+ and an associate
February 10, 2014

New program aims to turn dealers into experts on ag tire technology  

By 2017, Alliance Tire Group (ATG) plans to be a $1 billion player in the global off-highway tire segment. That’s more than double the $575 million in annual sales the company projects for 2013.

Tags: Alliance, Alliance Tire Group, Ann Neal, GPX International Tire Corp.

(From left): Brian Cruickshank, director of Tire Leadership 21 at Northwood University, and some of
February 7, 2014

Dealer-inspired program prepares the next generation of managers, owners  

Northwood University has introduced Tire Leadership 21, an educational program aimed at developing leadership, management and business skills for the next generation of tire dealer managers and owners.

Tags: Brian Cruickshank, Kim Sigman, Northwood University, Rich Brahler, Stu Zurcher, Tire Leadership 21, Tom Gyuriak

 We are truly trying to rebuild (Kumho’s) foundations, not only for one year, but also
February 4, 2014

Choi’s vision for Kumho  

Harry Choi, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. has gone back to the basics. It was a necessary move, according to the first-year CEO and president.

Tags: Harry Choi, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc.

The Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus targets vehicles like the Cadillac SRX. It is backed by a
January 6, 2014

Another new premium tire  

Pirelli dealers are beginning to see a pattern at Pirelli Tire LLC. When Chairman, CEO and President Paolo Ferrari took over less than two years ago, he wanted to improve fill rates, regularly introduce new premium products, and go to market in a way that differentiates his company from the competition.

Tags: All-Season Tires, Pirelli, Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus, Pirelli Tire LLC, Pirelli Tire North America, Premium tires

“We really do value our dealers, so providing benchmark service to them is important,”
January 3, 2014

What glass ceiling?  

Keiko Brockel took over as president of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. two months ago. Her appointment was rare in our industry: Few women have reached that level at a major tire company, subsidiary or otherwise.

Tags: Keiko Brockel, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc.

Hikomitsu Noji, president of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., is based in Japan. However, he also serves as
November 4, 2013

Yokohama plants roots in U.S. soil  

Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi LLC (YTMM), the new manufacturing subsidiary of Yokohama Tire Corp., broke ground on its new commercial truck tire plant in West Point, Miss., in September. Now, company executives are focusing on a tight schedule that will lead to the first tire rolling out in October 2015.

Tags: Hikomitsu Noji, Tire plant, Yokohama, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi

“In most countries, we sell tires through independent dealers,” says Yasutaka Ii, senior
November 4, 2013

Multi-brand strategy  

Armed with a degree in economics from Osaka University, Yasutaka Ii joined Sumitomo Rubber Industries Inc. (SRI) in Japan in 1981. Thirty-two years later, he is putting his degree to good use as senior executive officer in charge of corporate planning and international business development. He also is an SRI board member.

Tags: Falken Tire Corp., SRI, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., Yasutaka Ii

Kumho introduces Ecsta PA31
October 18, 2013

Kumho introduces Ecsta PA31  

Kumho Tire Co. Ltd. has been busy lately. It introduced a tire in North America; it jump-started construction on its long anticipated manufacturing plant in the United States; and it opened a fifth research and development center.

Tags: Kim Chang-Kyu, Kumho, Kumho Ecsta, Kumho Tire Co. Ltd., Tire plant

Wide, continuous ribs and an asymmetric design give the P Zero Nero GT increased pattern stiffness
October 18, 2013

Pirelli’s premium strategy  

Pirelli Tire LLC is making a big push to increase its market share in the United States. That’s the message Chairman and CEO Paulo Ferrari emphasized directly and indirectly at the recent Pirelli P Zero Nero GT launch in Akron, Ohio.

Tags: Golf grips, Pirelli & Cie SpA, Pirelli Tire LLC, Premium tires

About 40% of The Tire Choice technicians are ASE-certified, including Master Tech Howard Bray
October 18, 2013

Blueprint for success  

On the outside, each of the 35 buildings is anything but nondescript. The distinct yellow, blue and red “The Tire Choice & Total Car Care” logo tells everyone they are tire stores designed for one-stop service, transmission and engine work included.

Tags: Dan Hennelly, Diane Hennelly, Tire Dealer of the Year

Big O Tires exhibited at the Global Tire Expo — Powered by TIA (the Tire Industry Association)
October 18, 2013

Las Vegas to host industry trade shows  

This year marks the 50th birthday of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), and it is celebrating with a bigger, better SEMA Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 5-8.

Tags: AAPEX, Las Vegas, SEMA Show, Trade Show

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