Note: the following blog is part of MTD's ongoing efforts to keep readers updated as the coronavirus crisis evolves. This includes a newly created respository of articles, "COVID-19 Updates," on www.moderntiredealer.com's home page.

When things are running smoothly and the world is spinning as it should, it’s all too easy to take independent tire dealers and the services they provide for granted.

The next car you service could belong to a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or another medical professional.

The next car you service could belong to a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or another medical professional.

But in times of distress, the critical role that you, our readers, play in keeping our economy – and indeed, our way of life – rolling is brought into stark relief.

While federal and state governments, as well as employers, throughout the United States and Canada have taken extraordinary measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, many professionals – from doctors, nurses and pharmacists to long-haul truck drivers and power restoration teams – are still out there, performing essential services that help keep the rest of us safe and sound.

But who keeps their vehicles operating safely? You.

Earlier this week, I spoke with Chris Mitsos, vice president of Mountain View Tire Inc., which has 31 stores throughout southern California. “There’s no public transportation here so you have to use your car to get around,” he told me. “Doctors, nurses, first responders – all the people who have to work at gas stations and supermarkets – they need to be able to get their cars fixed if there’s a problem.”

I also talked with John Ziegler, vice president of Ziegler Tire & Supply Co., which operates 18 commercial locations, as well as six retail stores, across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. “We’re doing whatever is necessary to keep trucks moving so people can get what they need,” he said.

Whether it’s helping an 18-wheeler that’s hauling food to the local grocery store get back on the highway or fixing the brakes on a medical professional’s car so he or she can get to a hospital and help others, you and your employees perform a very important service.

And you have every right to be proud of that.

On behalf of MTD, thank you for everything you are doing to help all of us during this unique – and challenging – time.

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Mike Manges
Mike Manges

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Mike Manges is Modern Tire Dealer’s executive editor. A 20-year-plus tire industry veteran, he is a three-time International Automotive Media Association award winner and holds a Gold Award from the Association of Automotive Publication Editors. Mike has traveled the world in pursuit of stories that will help independent tire dealers move their businesses forward.

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Mike Manges is Modern Tire Dealer’s executive editor. A 20-year-plus tire industry veteran, he is a three-time International Automotive Media Association award winner and holds a Gold Award from the Association of Automotive Publication Editors. Mike has traveled the world in pursuit of stories that will help independent tire dealers move their businesses forward.

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