Articles by Mike Manges

3 Questions With Black’s Tire

3 Questions With Black’s Tire

Modern Tire Dealer is kicking off a new series of interviews with independent tire dealers. We sat down with Rick Benton and Ryan Benton from Black's Tire Service Inc. and asked them questions about issues facing the tire industry. They addressed wholesale distribution, e-commerce and the search for technicians.
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Truck Tire Market: Mid-Year Report -- Tiremakers Discuss Impact of COVID-19, When Recovery Will Begin

Truck Tire Market: Mid-Year Report -- Tiremakers Discuss Impact of COVID-19, When Recovery Will Begin

The U.S. truck tire market looked much different at the end of last year than it does now. Through the end of 2019, 18.7 million medium truck tires had been shipped through the replacement downward trajectory, but numbers were still at respectable levels. And tonnage was increasing, albeit slightly. Then, not too long later, COVID-19 hit. And to say that things have not been the same since is an understatement.
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‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ But Here Are Five Reasons Why You'll Get What You Need

‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ But Here Are Five Reasons Why You'll Get What You Need

You can’t always get what you want/But if you try sometime, you just might find — you get what you need.” Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote these lyrics in 1969 (or 1968, depending on who you believe) and I’m sure they weren’t thinking about independent tire dealers at the time. But those words do have an unexpected resonance some 50 years later.
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Truck Tire Market Report: 'We Are Continuing to Move Forward,' says Continental's Williams

Truck Tire Market Report: 'We Are Continuing to Move Forward,' says Continental's Williams

In this interview, Paul Williams, executive vice president of commercial vehicle tires, Americas region, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, discusses the expected effect of COVID-19 on truck tire demand, how shipments for the rest of the year could be impacted and more. “Overall, we believe that our strong partnerships with our customers will lead Continental to success,” he says.
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