Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will keep its tire manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Mexico closed for at least another two weeks. Cooper's plans in Europe also remain shut down.
Note: the following blog is part of MTD's ongoing efforts to keep readers updated as the coronavirus crisis evolves. This includes a newly created respository of articles, "COVID-19 Updates," on www.moderntiredealer.com's home page.
When things are running smoothly and the world is spinning as it should, it’s all too easy to take independent tire dealers and the services they provide for granted.
But in times of distress, the critical role that you, our readers, play in keeping our economy – and indeed, our way of life – rolling is brought into stark relief.
While federal and state governments, as well as employers, throughout the United States and Canada have taken extraordinary measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, many professionals – from doctors, nurses and pharmacists to long-haul truck drivers and power restoration teams – are still out there, performing essential services that help keep the rest of us safe and sound.
But who keeps their vehicles operating safely? You.
Earlier this week, I spoke with Chris Mitsos, vice president of Mountain View Tire Inc., which has 31 stores throughout southern California. “There’s no public transportation here so you have to use your car to get around,” he told me. “Doctors, nurses, first responders – all the people who have to work at gas stations and supermarkets – they need to be able to get their cars fixed if there’s a problem.”
I also talked with John Ziegler, vice president of Ziegler Tire & Supply Co., which operates 18 commercial locations, as well as six retail stores, across Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. “We’re doing whatever is necessary to keep trucks moving so people can get what they need,” he said.
Whether it’s helping an 18-wheeler that’s hauling food to the local grocery store get back on the highway or fixing the brakes on a medical professional’s car so he or she can get to a hospital and help others, you and your employees perform a very important service.
And you have every right to be proud of that.
On behalf of MTD, thank you for everything you are doing to help all of us during this unique – and challenging – time.
Nexen Tire America Inc. says its tire distribution capabilities and dealer support functions remain fully operational during COVID-19 crisis.
Hankook Tire America Corp.’s new rebate program offers consumers savings of up to $80 on four Hankook tires.
In addition to small business loans available through the recently passed CARES Act, Congress has extended other benefits to businesses.
Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yokohama Corporation of North America announced today it is temporarily suspending production at its plant in Salem, Va.
Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has been recognized by one of the world’s most prestigious design awards, the Red Dot Award 2020, for its Hankook Dynapro AT2, Hankook Dynapro MT2 and Hankook i*pike RS2 products.
Monro Inc. estimates it will experience a sales decrease for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, ended March 28, “largely driven by a substantial decrease in traffic since mid-March” due, in part, to the COVID-19 crisis.
Apollo Vredestein BV has launched its new winter tire program for 2020 that will help dealers “make margins of up to 50% on an award-winning product line-up.”
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has extended its shutdown of tire manufacturing plants in the Americas "until further notice."
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.'s new Toyo NanoEnergy M671 super-regional tire delivers superior traction, optimized fuel efficiency and excellent tread life.
The Auto Care Association has named Michael Chung director of its market intelligence department.
Yokohama Tire Corp.’s new Geolandar CV G058 is available in 33 sizes, ranging from 16- to 20-inch fitments, and targets crossover vehicles, smaller SUVs and minivans.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has added to its commercial truck tire line with the introduction of the Toyo NanoEnergy M671 super regional drive tire.
Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. will temporarily suspend production at its U.S. manufacturing facility for two weeks, beginning April 5.
Automotive industry market research firm IMR Inc. has published its latest insights on auto parts and service consumer purchasing behavior during economic downturns.
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