Jerry Nerheim (fourth from right) and employees stand outside the original Waukegan Tire store in 1969 at SW corner of Jackson Street and Belvidere Road in Waukegan, Ill. Photo courtesy of Waukegan Tire.

Jerry Nerheim (fourth from right) and employees stand outside the original Waukegan Tire store in 1969 at SW corner of Jackson Street and Belvidere Road in Waukegan, Ill. Photo courtesy of Waukegan Tire.

Waukegan Tire is celebrating its 50th year in business. It serves customers in northern Illinois and southeast Wisconsin from four certified service centers in Grayslake, Park City and Waukegan, Ill.

Waukegan Tire was founded in 1968 by Gerald (Jerry) Nerheim. In 2015, Nerheim was named “Businessman of the Year” by the Illinois State Crime Commission, honored not only for his business success, but also his active support of law enforcement and the community. Today, at age 83, he still enjoys working every day and is most happy when taking good care of customers, the company says.

“I attribute our success to our loyal customers and dedicated employees who are like extended members of our family,” says Nerheim, president and CEO. “Our industry knowledge and the commitment of our employees over the many years in which have built this business are what sets Waukegan Tire apart.”Steve Nerheim, the company’s chief operating officer, says “We have developed successful long-term relationships with our customers and suppliers that build trust, while continuing to invest in our community.” He adds, “I am honored to have worked alongside my father for over 35 years, which gives me great insight to continue to enhance our company vision going forward.”

To show their appreciation to their customers, the company is running a number of promotions and holding prize giveaways.

Waukegan Tire offers its customers tires, custom wheels and automotive services. The company also has been an AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly tire and service center since 2009.

For more information, visit https://www.waukegantire.com/index.htm.

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