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Focusing on the Young People in the Tire Industry

Nov. 30, 2021
For all the talk and worry related to hiring new employees, we know there are plenty of good workers already in the trenches. Let me introduce you to a few of them.
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Michelin: North American Replacement Market Up 32%

Sept. 13, 2021
Michelin Group sees continued growth in the North American replacement tire market, while the original equipment world continues to be held back by the shortage of semiconductors...
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Francois Michelin Addressed Big Questions in Book ('And Why Not?')

July 28, 2021
Business management books are a dime a dozen. Some are great. Some are not-so-great. I happen to enjoy books written by - or about - tire dealers. But up until recently, I had...
Tire Talk with Mike

Don't Miss the 2021 MTD 100!

July 21, 2021
Each July, MTD presents the most anticipated tire industry ranking of the year - the MTD 100, which is the most comprehensive look at the 100 largest independent tire dealerships...
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How Life at the Car Dealership Is Affecting Tire Dealers

June 28, 2021
As automakers over the past year have been playing whack-a-mole — attacking everything from COVID-19 production shutdowns, part and microchip shortages, and supply chain problems...

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Tire Talk with Mike

Electric Trucks Are On the Way and Here's Why

June 23, 2021
The movement to electrify passenger vehicles is getting a lot of press. But electrification is coming to the commercial vehicle market, too.

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Industry Braces for Tariffs While a New 'Contender' Emerges

June 14, 2021
As the International Trade Commission wraps up its investigation of consumer tire imports from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, I thought it would be interesting to ...


Monro's Next Stop: The Southwestern U.S.

May 21, 2021
Monro Inc. has its eyes on the southwestern U.S., and the nation's third-largest tire dealer, which is known for its aggressive growth-by-acquisition strategy, now says it's ready...

Tire Talk with Mike

Stay Tuned for MTD's Tire Dealer Survival Guide

May 13, 2021
Does it feel like you spend more time working “in” your business than “on” your business? MTD’s Tire Dealer Survival Guide is here to help.

Tire Talk with Mike

Value of Program Groups is in 'Eye of the Beholder'

April 5, 2021
Program and dealer groups have been around for decades. But due to continued consolidation, changing consumer preferences and other factors, it could be argued that the need for...

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Bridgestone Will Open Stores in 25 States in 2021

April 1, 2021
When Bridgestone Retail Operations opens 58 new stores in 2021, it will be a coast-to-coast effort, with the tiremaker opening the doors to company-owned stores in 25 states.

Tire Talk with Mike

Cooper Joined Forces with Pirelli 22 Years Ago

March 25, 2021
As the industry waits for the next steps in the Goodyear-Cooper deal to be revealed, it’s interesting to note that Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. joined forces ...

Tire Talk with Mike

MTD History: Dealers Faced Tough Challenges 100 Years Ago

March 23, 2021
Some challenges that tire dealers face today aren't necessarily new. That became apparent as I was flipping through the March 1921 edition of Tires, which later became...

Tire Talk with Mike

West Coast Container Ship Pileup Continues

March 18, 2021
The transpacific container ship slowdown is expected to reverse course during the second quarter, but as of right now, the pileup of vessels on the West Coast continues - and ...


No Debate Here: Dealership Moves Ahead with Wage Hike

March 3, 2021
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...

Tire Talk with Mike

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

Feb. 24, 2021
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...

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Goodyear-Cooper Deal: Hughes Is 'Very Confident' Deal Will Close

Feb. 23, 2021
What hasn’t changed in the last eight years? The sale price of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. With its second acquisition deal in a decade underway, the price stands at $2...

Tire Talk with Mike

Fascinating Retreading Facts Paint Vibrant Picture

Feb. 16, 2021
The late Harvey Brodsky often proclaimed, “Retreading is recycling!” And he was right. Retreading was recycling long before recycling and “going green”...

Tire Talk with Mike

How One Tire Manufacturer Is Preparing for Tariffs

Feb. 10, 2021
Let’s say you’re a tire manufacturer faced with the prospect of tariffs. How do you prepare? Hankook & Co.'s recently published full-year 2020 report&...

Tire Talk with Mike

Feds, Private Sector Double Down on 'All-Electric' Future

Feb. 8, 2021
In the November issue of MTD, I wrote that “electric vehicles are here to stay.” This statement has been underscored by two recent announcements - one by the ...

Tire Talk with Mike

Deja Vu! Tires From South Korea Were Under the Microscope 35 Years Ago

Jan. 21, 2021
You might be tempted to think that the current antidumping investigation of consumer tires made in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam is an unprecedented development...


Colorado Wants to Connect Tire Dealers to Consumers

Jan. 13, 2021
In an effort to encourage motorists to check their tires during the winter driving season, in 2021 the Colorado Department of Transportation is recruiting tire retailers to join...

Tire Talk with Mike

Happy New Year From Everyone at MTD!

Dec. 30, 2020
In my editorial that ran in the December issue of MTD, I wrote that 2020 "has been the most unusual year in living memory." (Looking back, this was probably...