Eastland Tire inks OTR tire deal with Titan International

Feb. 5, 2008

Eastland Tire LLC has entered into a long-term sourcing agreement with Titan International Inc. for OTR tires, including Titan's new 57- and 63-inch giant mining radial tires.

"Eastland Tire was recently formed to serve the mining and construction industry needs for OTR products," says CEO and President James Berresse. "Many of these products have been in short supply over the past few years, and Eastland is committed to becoming a best- in-class supplier on a worldwide basis.

"Our initial focus will be on selling the full range of Titan and General branded OTR tires, including the giant mining tires currently under development, and establishing long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with our customer base."

Under the terms of its agreement with Titan, Eastland Tire will begin selling a portion of Titan's giant mining tire production in the second quarter of 2008, and then "significantly ramp up" its sales of these products in step with Titan's expansion plans.

In addition, Eastland now has the ability to sell all of the existing Titan OTR tires manufactured under the General brand name.

Eastland Tire is based in Kennesaw, Ga.