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Whether you’re directing your dealership’s business from the back office or you’re working the sales counter, this section has the information to enhance your company’s image with the consumer, help your operational efficiency and make you more profitable.


Three-time Super Bowl champion Emmitt Smith spoke to K&M Tire dealers at the company s annual
January 26, 2015

2014 included 'best month ever' for K&M Tire

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

Tags: Cheryl Gossard, Dealer meeting, Emmitt Smith, K&M Tire Inc., Ken Langhals, Kevin Knebel

January 26, 2015

Goal: attract young people to auto careers

The Auto Care Association has created a new auto care careers website to educate young people about, and attract them to, careers in the auto care industry.

Tags: Auto Care Association, Careers, Kathleen Schmatz, New website

January 26, 2015

TRIB: Lobby Day is ‘priceless’ opportunity

The possibility that a federal excise tax of $.05 - $.15 per pound on tread rubber used in the retread process could be reinstated is just one reason to attend Federal Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 5, 2015, according to David Stevens, managing director of the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).

Tags: David Stevens, Federal Lobby Day, TRIB

Goodyear presented a check to Benson Group owner Marty Benson for giving back to the communities in
January 25, 2015

Record attendance at Goodyear Dealer Meeting

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is hosting its largest dealer meeting ever Jan. 25-27, 2015, in Dallas, Texas. Here is a sneak peek at what to expect.

Tags: Awards, Goodyear Dealer Conference, Rich Kramer, Ryan Patterson, Steve McClellan

January 22, 2015

Giti is unhappy with tariff determination

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the anti-dumping investigation of imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China on Jan. 21, 2015.

Tags: B.O.B., Chinese tire imports, Tire tariffs

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A hard look at procrastination
December 16, 2014

A hard look at procrastination  

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is always the first week in November, and it’s a reminder to me that the end of the year is near.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Procrastination, Sales training, Wayne Williams

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

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

Dealers told MTD that the top issues for 2015 will be nothing new -- employee recruitment and
December 16, 2014

Dealers say recruitment and regulations are top challenges in 2015  

What issues will preoccupy tire dealers in the next 12 months? Employee recruitment, government regulation, margin pressures and casing supply, according to dealers we contacted. Although the year is new, the top issues affecting dealers’ operations are not. Many dealers cited these same challenges in 2014.

Tags: Ann Neal, Government regulations, recruitment

Nitto covered the SEMA Show in real time at its booth.
December 15, 2014

2014 SEMA Show coverage  

Cab drivers in Las Vegas were told to be ready for 140,000 visitors during Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. That estimate proved to be too low.

Tags: 2014 SEMA Show

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