For 52 years Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. had an exclusive, multi-state territory with Toyo Tire USA Corp. That deal, which effectively locked out other tire dealers, including online retailers, from selling Toyo-branded products in the northwest corner of the U.S. has come to an end.
It didn't take long for the truck tire tariffs to be implemented. On Jan. 30, 2019, the International Trade Commission reversed an earlier decision and ruled the U.S. tire market was being harmed by the importing of truck and bus tires from China.
TBC Brands LLC has combined its Power King and Harvest King commercial tire brands into a new website.
The new PT-Trac ag tire from Petlas Tire Corp. is designed to decrease soil compaction, fuel consumption and slippage.
New friction material in the next-generation Meyle-PD brake pads is designed to minimize noise during sporty driving and ensure longer durability.
Nokian Tyres plc has again been selected as one of the most sustainable companies in the world. The company received the Silver Class distinction in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2019.
The new 7260 digital tire inflator from Dill Air Control Products LLC features a 2-foot kink-resistance, stainless steel hose and a large back-lit display.
Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. will supply Comfort A1 all-season tires in two sizes from its Chester County, S.C., plant for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat.
Michael Gatto, who started Gatto's Tires and Auto Service in Melbourne, Fla., in 1970, died on Feb. 11, 2019. He was 93.
Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. posted net income of 35.6 billion yen on net sales of 650.2 billion yen for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. That compares to income of 40.0 billion yen on sales of 646.3 billion yen in fiscal 2017.
Due to Monday's Presidents Day holiday, Modern Tire Dealer will not publish Hotwire on Feb. 18. Look for the next edition on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Hercules Tire and Rubber Co. has finalized another partnership with a prominent racing team owner. Will Rodgers and Rodgers Racing will begin competing on Hercules tires in March.
Norm Affleck, retired CEO and president of Big O Tires Inc., died on Feb. 8, 2019. He was not only a founding dealer member of Big O Tires, but also instrumental in the introduction of the Big O brand 33 years ago.
It seems like every issue of Modern Tire Dealer has an announcement of a new acquisition by Monro Inc., Icahn Automotive Group LLC, Bridgestone Americas Inc. and the like. One would assume by reading these that what I call the company-owned conglomerates are “winning the war” for the hearts and minds of consumers, but I would disagree. I think tire dealers are winning right now.
Robert Dalotto Sr., whose career in tire sales spanned more than half a century, died on Feb. 8, 2019. He was 79.