Joy Kopcha

Joy Kopcha

Senior Editor & Digital Projects Editor

After more than a dozen years working as a newspaper reporter in Kansas, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, Joy Kopcha joined Modern Tire Dealer as senior editor in 2014. She has covered murder trials, a prison riot and more city council, county commission, and school board meetings than she cares to remember.

ARTICLES

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Pricing, Supply and Shipping Woes Stress Tire Dealers

Tire prices are going up. Supply issues continue. And tire dealers tell Modern Tire Dealer both are having an effect on what happens at the sales counter. Since nearly every major tire manufacturer has announced a price hike in recent months, MTD set out to find how that’s affecting sales and profitability. We checked in with six dealerships for a progress report as the first quarter comes to a close.


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7 Things to Know About the Goodyear-Cooper Deal

In an effort to assure its 10,000 global employees, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. answered some frequently asked questions as its potential acquisition by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. looms in the future. The FAQ, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, provides insights and answers for both companies’ tire dealers, too.


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Point S: 'Growing in the Year of the Pandemic'

Point S tire dealers in the U.S. had their best year ever in 2020. They sold 19% more tire units than the previous year and increased their overall sales by 20%. The cooperative added a record number of stores, expanded into five new states and bought its second wholesale operation in two years.


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Tariffs Won't Include ATV, UTV Tires

The U.S. Department of Commerce has agreed to narrow the scope of its tariff investigation into passenger and light truck tires, removing a few categories of tires from the weight of any tariffs for imports from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.


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Nokian Made Gains in North America in 2020

This year has delivered plenty of challenges, but for Nokian Tyres Inc., it’s also brought growth. “We gained market share every month,” said Tommi Heinonen, director of sales for North America. “That means our dealers were trusting us and giving a fair share of their business to us even when times were quite nasty.


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WheelRight Gives Fleets a ‘Third Eye’ on Tires

Snider Fleet Solutions Sees Potential in Technology

Plenty of truck tire manufacturers offer tools and software to monitor the health of a fleet’s tires. Some use chips. There are patches. Others utilize barcodes. With every new tracker or tracking system, the tire company develops its own tool to read and access the data.


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Pat’s Tire Serves a Custom Niche

Ag Tire Dealership’s Next Generation Plans for the Future

Bigger tires with heavier farm equipment add up to more complex fitments. They require more precision and expertise. For Pat’s Tire Sales & Service Inc. in Chilton, Wis., the bigger the better. Those combines, large four-wheel-drive tractors and choppers drive this 42-year-old family business.


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Goodyear's Rich Kramer: Tire Dealers 'Keep the World Moving'

Tire dealers in need of a pep talk and a reminder of all they’ve encountered and adjusted to in 2020 need to look no further than Rich Kramer’s remarks that capped off the virtual conference hosted by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. “We’ve always known that each of you is essential to keep the world moving. Well, now everybody else knows, as well."


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