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Athletes and a "bald guy" helped Fountain Tire Ltd. celebrate the opening of its new corporate office in Edmonton, Alberta.
The athletes literally flipped for the headquarters. Members of the local Crossfit Lazarus Gym put on an unforgettable show of Edmonton grit in three grueling 40-meter earthmover tire “flipping” races.
On hand to provide a light-hearted colour commentary was actor/comedian Thom Sharp, who is well known to Canadians as Fountain Tire’s “bald guy” spokesperson.
Following the races, the company presented a check for $10,000 to the Edmonton branch of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS). The donation is part of the company’s long-standing commitment to giving back to communities.
“The tremendous effort by these outstanding athletes symbolizes the high-level skills and determination to excel that Edmontonians bring to work every day,” said Brent Hesje, Fountain Tire’s CEO, during the celebration on June 19. “Our decision to invest in Fountain Tire Place reflects Edmonton’s stature as a world-class home for business, and we are committed to basing our corporate office here for the long haul.”
The company credits the city’s business-friendly climate and robust post-secondary education infrastructure with playing an integral role in the company’s success, particularly in attracting and retaining high-quality employees.
The new offices at Fountain Tire Place employ 131 Edmontonians. The facility’s mission is to provide the company’s network of 155 tire and automotive service stores with a complete business program, so managers can focus exclusively on serving their customers.
Fountain Tire is unique among tire and automotive service providers in that the majority of its store managers own 50% of their respective stores. This shared ownership model reflects the company’s long-standing belief that the motivational power of shared ownership creates the best environment for exceptional customer service.
Established in 1956, Fountain Tire's 155 locations span Western Canada and Ontario. For more information, visit www.fountaintire.com.
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.”
Continued growth in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be the key for Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. to reach its self-imposed goal of being the industry’s fifth largest tire company by 2020. This is the message about 80 key distributors and dealers of Hankook-branded tires were told at the company’s annual Partner’s Day Meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, last month.
When it comes time to replace tires on a luxury vehicle, 58% of owners are more likely to stick with the original equipment brand. And nearly half of those consumers intend to return to the car dealership to buy replacement tires.
Hankook Tire America Corp. is offering consumers a spring "Great Catch" rebate with the purchase of any of the brand's seven most popular passenger and light truck tires.
Nexen Tire Co. Ltd. has created a first-of-its-kind partnership with an English Premier League club. The tire company will be the Official Sleeve Partner of the Manchester City Club, and the Nexen logo will appear on the club's uniform sleeve for all league games in the 2017-2018 season.
Bridgestone Americas Inc. has named Nizar Trigui to the new role of chief technology officer (CTO).
Maxxis International is sponsoring the ChumpCar World Series, a non-profit racing series geared toward weekend enthusiasts and amateurs who seek the thrill of racing, but can't afford the big bucks of for-profit series.
The BKT USA Inc. booth at the recently completed 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas gave show attendees plenty to talk about. The company showcased not only its Earthmax farm tires, including the new Earthmax SR 35, but also its ATV/UTV tire lineup.