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MTD names Paul Zurcher its 2005 Tire Dealer of the Year

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Modern Tire Dealer magazine has named Paul Zurcher its 2005 Tire Dealer of the Year. Zurcher is the founder of Monroe, Ind.-based Zurcher Tire Inc. and Best-One Tire & Service, one of North America's largest tire distribution networks with more than 250 locations and some $650 million in sales.

He is the 13th winner of MTD's Tire Dealer of the Year award, the most prestigious honor that an independent tire dealer can receive. The Dealer of the Year award is the latest in a long line of accolades that Zurcher has earned since he went into business in 1948.

As part of the program, MTD is donating $7,500 to Dreams to Reality, Adams County Foundation, Paul Zurcher's designated charity.

MTD wants to thank the following companies who participated in this year's program:

* Bandag Inc.

* Best-One Tire & Service

* Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC

* Buis Oil Co.

* Continental Tire North America Inc.

* Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Mastercraft Tires)

* Fifth Third Bank

* Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

* Myers Tire Supply

* Rubber-Inc.

* Stellar Industries Inc.

* Unverferth Manufacturing Co. Inc.

* Valvoline

* Yokohama Tire Corp.

Our September 2005 issue contains a full-length feature story on Zurcher, in which he discusses his career, his business and personal philosophy, his many philanthropic activities and other topics. The issue is currently available.

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