Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire, dies

Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire, dies

Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire Co. and recent inductee to the Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame, died on Nov. 16, 2014. He was 84. Coker was born on Christmas Eve in 1929 in a log cabin in Cherokee, N.C. He was the first of his family to receive a college education. He started Coker Tire in 1958. The company is now the largest supplier for collector car tires in the world. Read more.

Hankook expands truck business in Europe

Hankook expands truck business in Europe

Hankook’s Ah11 pattern (left) for the steer axle and DH05+ pattern for the drive axle will be OE on several Mercedes-Benz model trucks in Europe. Hankook says its overall growing OE presence in the truck segment is expected to further stimulate its business in major markets, including the premium commercial vehicle segments for long-distance and heavy duty trucks. Read more.

Virginia Tire opens 13th store

Virginia Tire opens 13th store

Fairfax, Va.-based Virginia Tire & Auto has opened its 13th store in northern Virginia. It is the company’s fourth location in the community of Ashburn and sixth in Loudoun County. The new location has 10 service bays and two fast lube bays. Customer amenities include a kids’ play area, customer shuttle, loaner car service, key system for car pickup 24 hours a day, and free Wi-Fi service. Read more.

Continental is in the spotlight at the SEMA Show

Continental is in the spotlight at the SEMA Show

Continental Tire the Americas LLC says it has a “vast presence” throughout the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show going on now in Las Vegas. The company has six vehicles in its booth (South Hall, #41133) sporting Continental tires and Continental tires also can be found on vehicles throughout the show. For more information, click here

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