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July 24, 2015

East Bay Tire expands Dawg Pound line

East Bay Tire Co. (EBT) has added a radial OTR tire and premium commercial truck tires to its Dawg Pound line.

Tags: East Bay Tire Co., George Pehanick, John Hulsey

July 22, 2015

Raben Tire buys Indiana dealership

Raben Holdings LLC, which does business as Raben Tire Co. Inc., has acquired the assets of Coogle Tire Service in Otterbein, Ind.

Tags: Coogle Tire Service, Palladium Equity Partners LLC, Raben Holdings LLC, Raben Tire Co. Inc.

July 22, 2015

Fleets are begging for maintenance solutions

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) works to reduce truck crashes and improve safety, the data it collects is a custom road map to a fleet’s problem areas. In a Modern Tire Dealer exclusive article, Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training for the Tire Industry Association, writes that the data presents an opportunity for dealers.

Tags: Compliance Safety Accountability, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Fleet Maintenance, Kevin Rohlwing, Truck tire service

July 21, 2015

Continental's BestDrive buys Hill Tire Co.

BestDrive LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Tire the Americas LLC, has acquired Hill Tire Co. in a deal that gives BestDrive a bigger commercial tire presence in the southeastern United States.

Tags: Acquisitions, BestDrive LLC, Clif Armstrong, Fred Hill, Hill Tire Co., MTD Top 100 Retreaders, Retreading

July 20, 2015

Tire registration bill begins its journey

Legislation that would make tire registration mandatory has cleared its first hurdle, a vote by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. That committee’s work will be combined with other bills, including one already passed by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and ultimately drafted into the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill, more commonly referred to as “the highway bill.”

Tags: Federal Highway Bill, RMA, SEMA, TIA, Tire registration

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Arfa Syed says sharing images on Twitter is key. Research shows tweets with images receive 18% more
July 21, 2015

Look to Twitter for a treasure trove of data to enhance your business  

Signing up to use Twitter is one thing. Sending a tweet is another baby step. But using the social media network to draw attention to your business, engage with your customers and ultimately measure your results is another thing altogether. It might sound frightening and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

Tags: Arfa Syed, Social media, Twitter

Dealers are optimistic about sales increases for the next three months
July 13, 2015

Dealers are optimistic about sales increases for the next three months  

According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires increased in May. From a volume standpoint, the dealers reported they sold 0.3% more tires in May on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.2% increase in April and a 0.3% decrease in March. We are encouraged by the fact that demand trends remain positive after the sharp decline witnessed in February.

Tags: Nick Mitchell, Your Marketplace

This image shows the interior design planned for the three Belle Tire stores scheduled to open in
July 13, 2015

Burning issues: Tariffs, online sales, tight margins  Cover Story

The independent dealers on this year’s Modern Tire Dealer 100 are finding ways to grow in the face of government regulation, changing consumer buying habits and economic uncertainty.

Tags: Modern Tire Dealer 100

Rolling down the highway
July 7, 2015

Rolling down the highway  

Truck tire shipments are off to a great start in 2015. Compared to last year, replacement shipments are up between 4% and 5%, while original equipment shipments are up 20%.

Tags: Brand shares, Commercial tires, Medium/heavy truck tires, Truck tires

Mike Cox, CEO and president of ITDG, introduced the panel of tire company execs. They are (from left
July 7, 2015

ITDG continues growth, expects to reach 100 shareholders this year  

The Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC (ITDG) now has a presence in 41 states, with over 550 retail locations and 144 members and 97 shareholders participating. Calling itself the “Band of Brothers,” the ITDG has become a leading “affinity group” in the industry.

Tags: Ed Long, Greg Smith, Independent Tire Dealers Group, ITDG, Michael Cox

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