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BKT opens OTR warehouse in California

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BKT Tires Inc. has opened a warehouse in Wilmington, Calif. It is the company’s second North American warehouse location for OTR tire distribution.

September marked the arrival of BKT’s first shipment of OTR tire inventory to be stocked at the West Coast warehouse, and dealers began receiving shipments of OTR tires from the warehouse in October.

“The opening of warehousing operations for BKT OTR tires will assure the company can rapidly meet customer needs in the western United States,” says Shawn Rasey, president of BKT Tires.

The Wilmington warehouse will ship tires ranging in size from 25-inch rims and larger, which will reduce order lead time and provide local access to BKT OTR products, according to the company.

BKT recently opened an OTR warehouse in Wando, S.C. Rasey says the two warehouses make the company’s “ability to supply OTR customers nationwide comprehensive.”

Trans Harbor Services, LLC is the freight and shipping supplier. Specialized tire handling equipment fitted with rounded forks, tire-hands and tire slings will assure proper handling to prevent tire damage and protect the tire handling personnel.

According to Ron Tatlock, OTR training manager, all personnel at the west and east coast facilities have received OTR tire inspection, handling and safety training, and customers will receive only the highest quality BKT tire products.

Warehouse services include tire segregation, container consolidation, import and export services, storage, inventory and reporting, non-compliant tire stamping, flatbed load-out, and over-sized tire handling and shipping.

BKT Tires is a subsidiary of Balkrishna Industries Ltd. For more information about the company and its products, visit

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