Articles by Mike Manges

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'Return to Normal?' Analyst John Healy Discusses Why The Tire Industry Will Move Forward - Not Backward - in 2021

As an analyst at Northcoast Research Holdings LLC, John Healy has a bird’s-eye view of the domestic tire industry. Healy, who also writes MTD’s monthly Your Marketplace column, calls 2020 “the most unpredictable and at the same time, the most surprising” year in recent memory. In this MTD exclusive, Healy explains why - and looks ahead to what 2021 will bring.

 


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‘Signs Point to Yes:' Six Questions Answered as MTD Peers Into the Future

Readers of a certain age will remember the Magic 8-Ball, that strange, plastic toy that provided instant answers to those all-important questions (“Will I ace my math test?” “Will I win the lottery?” “Will the Browns ever make it to the Super Bowl?”) I thought it would be fun to apply Magic 8-Ball-like answers to several tire industry-related questions that have been on my mind and could very well be on your mind, too.


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Business Will Be Up Down on the Farm, Says Alliance

Next year should be a good one for the ag tire market in North America, according to Nick Phillippi, national product manager, agriculture, Alliance Tire Americas Inc. "I think we'll see a nice bump in farmers' investment in equipment in 2021, whether it's in new machinery sales or in buying good used machines," he says. 


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