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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

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

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

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

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

(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

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

American Omni team members give a thumbs up in 2014 to the production of the first Thunderer TBR
March 23, 2015

American Omni celebrates 25 years  

Twenty-five years ago American Omni Trading Co. got its footing selling truck tires made in India to customers in Latin America. Since then the Texas-based importer has sold and shipped tires to 62 countries, altered its customer base and developed its own private brands, all while supplying everything from wheelbarrow to off-the-road tires.

Tags: American Omni Trading Co., Anniversary, Tom Brackin

Tire Pros President Dan Brown outlined plans for the franchise at the national dealer meeting.
February 13, 2015

Tire Pros aims for 700 stores in 2015  

Twenty-three people were dedicated to the Tire Pros franchise program of American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) in 2009. Today, 60 professionals provide marketing, retail, business analysis, administrative and training support to dealers.

Tags: Bartec, Bartec USA LLC, Dan Brown, Dealer meeting, Shepherd Tire Service, Synchrony Financial, Tire Pros

Traction grooves increase the number of biting edges on the WinterContactSI compared to its
February 13, 2015

Continental covers two winter segments  

The 2015-2016 winter selling season will begin soon, probably before the record 34-inch snowfall in Boston completely melts. In preparation, Continental Tire the Americas LLC recently introduced two winter tires.

Tags: Continental Tire the Americas LLC, Snow tires, Winter tires

MTD’s 2002 Tire Dealer of the Year, Tom Raben, says his company’s new equity partner
February 12, 2015

Investor partners with the Raben family to grow Raben Tire  

Thirteen years after Tom Raben was named Modern Tire Dealer’s Tire Dealer of the Year, the Raben family has sold an equity interest in Raben Tire Co. Inc. The buyer is a fund affiliated with Palladium Equity Partners LLC of New York City, a middle market private equity firm with a specialized focus on family-owned businesses.

Tags: Ann Neal, Palladium Equity Partners LLC, Raben Tire, Raben Tire Co. Inc., Tom Raben

The introduction of six new tires to the U.S. market in 2015 will help improve Kumho’s image,
February 3, 2015

New tires and pro basketball promotions boost Kumho brand  

Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. is replacing its products and refreshing its image in 2015. The company previewed six tires and a brand awareness campaign built around professional basketball at its 2015 dealer meeting in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Tags: Dealer meeting, Eric Domme, Harry Choi, Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc.

Hyun Bum Cho, Hankook’s president, chief marketing officer and chief corporate management
December 16, 2014

Hankook introduces an entry-level global tire brand  

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. launched a global brand with lines for the passenger, UHP, on- and off-road SUV/LT and winter markets in Las Vegas during the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. Laufenn brand tires will be available in the U.S. in March 2015 in sizes covering up to 75% of the U.S. market.

Tags: Hankook Tire America Corp., Laufenn, LT tires, SUV Tires, UHP Tires

CEO Jean-Dominique Senard delivered an impassioned speech regarding Groupe Michelin’s
December 16, 2014

Michelin Challenge Bibendum  

Groupe Michelin held its 12th annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB) in Chengdu, China, in November. The event brought together members of both the private and public sectors to examine sustainable mobility; this year’s conference focused on innovation in mobility, and how it can drive growth and urban well-being.

Tags: Groupe Michelin, Michelin Challenge Bibendum, Michelin North America Inc.

Jimmy Yang, president of American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., reports the company is
December 16, 2014

Kenda is relying on research and development  

Kenda USA held its inaugural dealer and distributor meeting three days before the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. Two of the highlights were the introduction of the Kenda Klever S/T and the rollout of the company’s new associate dealer program, Kenda Traction.

Tags: Dealer meeting, Jimmy Yang, Kenda USA

Pirelli developed the P Zero All Season Plus for North American driving enthusiasts. It offers
December 16, 2014

As he departs, Ferrari lets Pirelli dealers know what to expect  

Paolo Ferrari is going to be a hard act to follow at Pirelli Tire North America Inc. After three years as chairman, CEO and president, Ferrari is taking over Pirelli Latin America.

Tags: Bill Bainbridge, Paolo Ferrari, Pirelli Tire North America, Woody Rogers

Hankook Tire America Ltd. broke ground on its tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn.
November 10, 2014

Hankook breaks ground on new plant in Tennessee  

Tire dealers will be able to sell American-made Hankook passenger and light truck tires beginning in 2016. That is when the first phase of Hankook Tire America Corp.’s tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn., will be completed.

Tags: Clarksville, Hankook Tire America Corp., Tire plant

The Terra Grappler G2 is the second generation of the Terra Grappler introduced 13 years ago and the
November 10, 2014

Nitto adds two tires to the Grappler line  

The Terra Grappler G2 and the Exo Grappler AWT bring a tread wear warranty and severe snow service certification to the Grappler line of all-terrain tires from Nitto Tire USA Inc.

Tags: All-Terrain Tires, Exo Grappler AWT, Mud-terrain tires, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Terra Grappler G2

Crumb rubber from recycled Timberland tires will be used in the manufacture of Timberland footwear.
November 10, 2014

Tires as a lifestyle choice  

Buying tires has never been a lifestyle purchase for the American consumer. G.S. Sareen hopes to change that.

Tags: John Soule, Omni United, Timberland

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