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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.

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Titan ag

Titan Is 'Optimistic Heading into 2021,' Says Hawkins

More good things are around the corner for ag tire manufacturers and dealers, Paul Hawkins, senior vice president of aftermarket sales for Titan International Inc., recently told MTD. In this exclusive interview, Hawkins discusses the state of ag tire demand in North America, new products that Titan will roll out during 2021 and more.


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ATD wheels

ATD Says Demand for Custom Wheels Is Strong As Ever

Demand for custom wheels has remained robust despite the impact of COVID-19, according to John Tak, senior director of merchandising for American Tire Distributors Inc.  In fact, “with people staying home, they are buying wheels,” he says. “Our dealers are telling us they are as busy as ever on the wheel side. And our wheel business has been up significantly.”


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BFS meeting

Bridgestone Embraces Future Mobility 'Turning Point'

Gabriel Asbun succinctly articulated Bridgestone Americas Inc.’s long-term strategy during the company’s all-digital 2020 Consumer Tire Business Meeting, which was held on Nov. 18. “Our number one priority is to continue to create a stronger tire business that will start with delivering the right mix of products to help meet the needs of your customers today, while at the same time investing in tire-centric and mobility solutions for tomorrow."


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Burt

Dealers Target Last-Mile Delivery Fleets

How Dealers are Servicing This Fast-Growing Segment

Driven by e-commerce and the proliferation of distribution hubs, there are more last-mile delivery vans on the road than ever before, creating additional tire and service opportunities for enterprising tire dealers. Here's how two leading tire dealerships are pursuing this rapidly growing segment, as they share what's working for them.


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Barnwell

Barnwell House of Tires Completes 'Corona Shift'

Eight months ago, Barnwell House of Tires found itself at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, supplying tires and related services that enabled waste haul, utility and other essential fleets to operate, while enacting measures to protect the well-being of its customers and employees. “The Big Apple” is no longer the nexus of the pandemic and Barnwell has emerged as a stronger, more nimble company. Scott Weeden, the dealership’s vice president of sales, calls it “the corona shift.”


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BKT

BKT Remains 'Focused on Growth,' Says Kershaw

Despite lingering uncertainties caused by COVID-19 and other factors, “there has been very strong demand for products in the ag market,” says Doug Kershaw, vice president of BKT USA Inc. In this MTD exclusive, Kershaw discusses the impact of the pandemic on BKT’s North American ag tire business, the current state of ag tire demand in the U.S. and Canada and more.


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TIA

Incoming TIA President Nothdurft Outlines Key Issues for 2021

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will have a new president next month, when Dan Nothdurft takes the organization's helm. In this interview, Nothdurft - who is the president of Tires Tires Tires, a four-location, independent tire dealership based in Sioux City, Iowa - previews some of the things that TIA members can expect to see from the association in 2021. This includes the continuation of TIA’s popular training webinars and other efforts.


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PTNA

MTD Exclusive: CEO Berardi Outlines Pirelli's Plans for North America

Pietro Berardi is no stranger to the automotive aftermarket, having held senior leadership positions in the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance and FCA Group. Seven months into his role as CEO of Pirelli Tire North America Inc. (PTNA), Berardi also has become an expert on the North American tire industry. In this MTD exclusive, Berardi - who has been tasked with strengthening Pirelli's presence in North America - discusses the company's product strategy, its participation in the future mobility ecosystem, his take on the market as 2020 winds down and other topics.


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SimpleTire

MTD Exclusive: SimpleTire Invests in New Site, Operations

Online tire seller SimpleTire LLC is making major investments in its operation - starting with a revamped website that recently went live, according to SimpleTire CEO Andy Chalofsky. In this MTD exclusive, Chalofsky discusses additional enhancements, plus changing tire dealer perceptions of e-commerce, the impact of COVID-19 on consumer buying preferences and other topics.


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