Now it’s General’s turn. Fresh off the launch of the Continental ExtremeContact Sport in February, Continental Tire the Americas LLC introduced three General tires to its Elite Gold dealers on their way to Cozumel, Mexico.
There was a lot going on at the recent Myers Tire Supply (MTS) sales meeting and vendor fair, held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Close to 50 suppliers were on hand to showcase their wares to the MTS salespeople.
And there were a lot of them there -- nearly 200, including 20 district managers.
The purpose of the event was to make sure the salesmen were up to date on what MTS offers to tire dealers, automobile dealerships, retreaders and commercial fleets. That included the MTS private brand line of tools and equipment, which Myers says is being promoted more than ever before.
On the suppliers side, featured products included new Coats tire changers (including the ProGuard Plus) and wheel balancers; Hofmann and Perfect wheel weights; and Bartec tire pressure monitoring system tools. There were retreading tools from B&J Manufacturing and tire repairs from Patch Rubber Co. (a division of Myers Industries Inc.).
There also was the introduction of the MTS vending machine geared to the automotive aftermarket. Manufactured by Apex Supply Chain Technologies LLC, the inventory management system tracks high-cost, high-use and "mission critical" items in the shop, according to Brian Henderson, vice president of North American sales for Apex.
As part of its presentation, International Marketing Inc. shared its rebranding of not only the company, but also its Equal truck tire balancing formula.
Last year was a good one for MTS, which introduced the most SKUs in the company's history: some 300 to 400, says Marketing Manager Larry Edgell. The company also added 20,000 non-inventory items to its catalog.
Two years ago, MTS completed the consolidation of its 36 distribution centers into four. MTS Vice President and General Manager Todd Smith, who helped orchestrate the strategy, says the move allowed the company to increase its SKUs, centralize purchasing and track demand history, all "to better service the customer."
Future plans call for automating the D/Cs. "We are looking at implementing a warehouse management system," he adds.
Vogue Tyre and Rubber Co. has hired David Long as national sales manager for its key accounts.
Gary Sass has joined Point S North America as its first network operations manager. Sass will be responsibile for continuing the synergy between the Point S entities in the U.S. and Canada, and working to expand the company's network, partnerships and brand in North America.
Wegmann automotive USA Inc. is moving into a larger distribution facility to serve its West Coast customers. The company says the location in Phoenix will help improve fill rates and delivery services.
Bridgestone Americas Inc. is replacing the Firestone FR710 with the Firestone All Season tire, a product the company says covers more than 70% of the cars, minivans and crossovers on the road today.
Bass fishing fans have a chance to win a VIP fishing trip from the General brand of Continental Tire the Americas LLC to fish with Team GT pro anglers Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers.
American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd.’s Kenda brand is the new tire sponsor of Vore Adrenaline Compound, an off-road driving experience based in Las Vegas, Nev.
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Service Line Inc.’s Renegade TMB 4000 manual parts washer for general repair cleaning is designed to be a practical alternative to washing parts with solvents.
The tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors.
The new General Altimax Arctic 12 studdable winter tire from Continental Tire the Americas LLC targets the passenger car, minivan, crossover and compact sport utility vehicle markets. The new tire also completes the General brand’s winter tire lineup.
The Robinair AC1234-6 was the first commercially available fully automatic R1234YF machine to meet the SAE’s requirement for recovering, recycling and recharging vehicle A/C systems with the new refrigerant, according to Bosch Automotive Service Solutions.
Tire Factory Inc. members have rebranded the vast majority of their 206 stores to the Point S banner at a breakneck pace. And leaders of the Oregon-based cooperative are unveiling new programs with two big hopes: the momentum of current members continues, and more independent tire dealers join their network.
In a survey of nearly 30,000 consumers, one tire brand was the clear winner.
On the surface, the tire industry appears to be relatively stable. As Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Chairman, CEO and President Rich Kramer likes to say, “We’re in an industry that’s over 100 years old selling essentially the same product, the inflatable tire.”