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G&G makes ContiTreads, 3 dealers buy them

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Make them and they will come. G&G Tire Co. Inc. began producing ContiLifeCycle retreaded truck tires over the summer as part of its licensing agreement with the Commercial Vehicle Tire Business Unit of Continental Tire the Americas LLC.

The Plattsburgh, N.Y., retreader recently entered into a partnership to supply ContiLifeCycle retreads to three former Tallmadge Tire dealer group members in central New York. The independently owned and operated commercial locations are:

1. Tallmadge Tire of Binghamton N.Y. “This will set us apart from the other commercial tire dealers in the area, to offer these retreads that emulate our flagship Continental new tire line," says James Scheffer, general manager.

2. Tallmadge Tire Service of Geneva, N.Y. “We have a significant base in Continental brand customers, who represent a large share of our commercial tire business. Because they know they have the right product in their new tires, with the ContiTreads, it is easy to show them that we can give them the exact footprint of the tire they have been running -- now as a retread,” says Pete Ufholz, president.

3. Tallmadge Tire Service of Cortland, N.Y.  “We approached G&G Tire to be the manufacturer of the ContiTreads on our behalf, and we can now offer these retreads to our customers, along with Continental new truck tires,” says Rich Damianos, vice president.

Kevin Bruno, owner of G&G Tire, says his plant converted to the ContiLifeCycle process in June. The G&G plant can up to 20,000 ContiTreads annually.

“The transition has been very smooth. Because Continental offered a dedicated team, it only took a few days to set up the new process and equipment."

He adds that G&G has received positive feedback on the mileage, traction and wear attributes "of the ContiTreads we produce.”

The former Tallmadge Tire Group was the second oldest General tire dealer group in the United States before it disbanded. It was formed in 1932.

King Tire Service Inc. in Bluefield, W.V., was the first ContiLifeCycle licensee in the U.S.

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