Retread Innovator Bob Majewski Retires After 50-Year Career

April 18, 2022

Developer of the AcuTread retreading process and former owner of Sumerel Tire Service Inc. Bob Majewski recently retired after a 50-year career in the retreading business.

Majewski started his career in a family-owned retread plant and then worked for several national tire and rubber companies.

In 1994, he joined Newport, Ky.-based Sumerel Tire Service as part owner and vice president. While there, he designed the AcuTread segmented mold cure process and later formed the AcuTread Alliance Group with two other partners.

In 2002, Majewski became president of Sumerel Tire Service. As demand for the AcuTread process increased, he opened Hancock County Tire in Bluffton, Ohio, and two years later, founded Wilson County Tire & Retreading in Lebanon, Tenn.

In 2014, Majewski sold the AcuTread process to Byron Point, Mich.-based Wonderland Tire Co., which in turn acquired Sumerel Tire Service, plus Majewski's other businesses, last year.

“Bob and his team have done an excellent job over the years of using the latest technologies and running modern, well-maintained equipment and trucks,” Wonderland Tire Chairman and CEO Jon Langerak told MTD at the time. 

Majewski was elected to the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 2018.

"Bob is truly a legend in the retreading industry and his involvement will surely be missed," said Eduardo Nava, vice president, Pre-Q Galgo Corp., in a statement that accompanied Majewski's retirement announcement.