Mike Manges

Mike Manges

Editor

Mike Manges is Modern Tire Dealer’s 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. Before rejoining MTD in September 2019, he held corporate communications positions at two Fortune 500 companies, and served as MTD’s senior editor from 2000 to 2010.

ARTICLES

Apollo

Apollo Launches North American Truck Tire Line

Company Wants 'Servicing Dealers' for Distribution Network

Apollo Tyres is taking aim at the North American commercial truck tire market with the introduction of Apollo brand medium truck tires next month. The roll-out represents the culmination of nearly five years of research and three years of real-world testing by trucking fleets across various vocations.


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ITDG

Program, Dealer Group Offerings Continue to Evolve

But the 'Basics' Are Still Valued by Members

“The industry looks considerably different than it did 15 years ago, both in the retail marketplace and the manufacturing and distribution arenas,” says Dave Marks, president and CEO of the Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC. “It’s impacting all sides of the market.” 


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Gallagher Tire

Gallagher Tire Uses Web Portal to Grow Specialty Tire Sales

It’s probably safe to say that as a product segment, specialty tires are not normally associated with e-commerce — at least in the minds of most consumers. But then again, specialty tire enthusiasts are not standard tire buyers, says J.P Gallagher, owner of Gallagher Tire, a specialty tire wholesale distributor based in Spring City, Pa.  And Gallagher Tire, he adds, is not your average tire dealership.


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Bandag

'We're Bullish on 2021,' Says Bandag's Roanhouse

Despite enjoying 44% of the U.S. retreaded truck tire market through its Bandag brand, Bridgestone Americas Inc. is not resting on its laurels. In this MTD exclusive, Jason Roanhouse, executive director, Bandag operations, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, discusses how Bandag pulled through COVID-19, high-growth segments of the market, the evolving demands of retread customers and more.


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Kenda

Kenda’s Stotsenburg Talks Products, Investment and Tariffs

Company is 'Reassessing its Sourcing'

Coming off a strong 2020, American Kenda Rubber Co. Ltd. continues to expand its product portfolio in several rapidly growing segments. In this MTD exclusive, Brandon Stotsenburg, vice president of the company’s automotive division, discusses opportunities that Kenda sees in different areas. He also reveals steps that Kenda is taking to mitigate the impact of potential tariffs on its passenger and light truck tires.


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F Direct

Bridgestone Launches Mobile Tire and Vehicle Service

Firestone Direct Program is Currently Available in Four Markets

Bridgestone Americas Inc. is launching a mobile tire and vehicle service for consumers and fleets under the Firestone Direct name. The service - currently available through Bridgestone company-owned stores in four metro markets - will offer tire installation and repair, as well as oil changes, brake work and other services. 


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Luke

USTMA Prioritizes Working with New White House, Senate

The last time MTD caught up with Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, was during April 2020, when the association’s 13 members were grappling with demand drop-offs, plant shutdowns and general uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly one year later, Forristall Luke says the association’s focus has shifted to working with the new Biden Administration and Senate to help advance its members’ interests at the legislative level. 


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COVID 1

Lessons Learned From COVID-19

Dealers Share 10 Ideas to Make Your Business Stronger

COVID-19 changed how independent tire dealerships do business — in many positive, profit-enhancing ways. One year later, 10 thriving tire dealers describe the quick, sometimes-tough decisions they made after the pandemic hit, how those changes made their businesses stronger and why other dealers should follow suit.


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EV charging

Sustainability Is More Than a Fad: Make It Work For You

What do you think of when you hear the word “sustainability?” For many years, the term, in my mind, evoked thoughts of recycling and other ordinary, everyday practices that fall under the general umbrella of “environmental friendliness.” But there’s so much more to how sustainability is now defined within our industry.


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Conrads

Promoting Vehicle Maintenance as Warm Weather Approaches

With springtime around the corner, people’s thoughts often turn to warmer weather, vacation planning and preventive vehicle maintenance. Actually, most car owners only think about two out of the three, according to Dominic Umek, group business unit leader for Conrad’s Tire Express & Total Car Care, a 38-location dealership based in Cleveland, Ohio. 


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Best One

No Debate Here: Dealership Moves Ahead with Wage Hike

As arguments for and against boosting the minimum wage continue in Washington D.C., a tire dealership in Fort Wayne, Ind., decided that it didn't need to wait for a legislative resolution. Effective March 1, all full-time employees at McMahon’s Best-One Tire now earn at least $15 an hour. And Kim McMahon, one of the dealership’s three owners, couldn’t be happier.


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Rack

Goodyear-Cooper Deal: Brands Well-Represented Among MTD 100 Dealerships

Commenting on Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s pending acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Brad Hughes, Cooper's president and CEO, said that “when you look at the whole of it, in most cases, it’s going to offer more opportunities than risk." What’s the Goodyear brand’s current representation among the largest independent tire dealerships in the U.S.? And how many U.S.-based dealerships carry Cooper brand tires?


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JH

Goodyear-Cooper Deal: Analyst Healy Discusses Brand Positioning, Dealer Network Integration

"Cooper gives Goodyear a stronger brand in the middle of the market," says John Healy, managing director and research analyst with Northcoast Research Holdings LLC., which specifically follows both Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. The two companies have announced that Goodyear plans to acquire Cooper during the second half of 2021.


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Dhaval

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires America Prepares for Big Year

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires America Inc. (YOHTA) - until recently known as Alliance Tire Americas Inc. - is preparing for a big 2021 with the roll-out of new products and further refinement of its “one stop shop” concept, consolidated under the Yokohama banner. In this interview, YOHTA President Dhaval Nanavati discusses all of the above, in addition to support that parent company Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is providing and more.


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