The retail and commercial tire industry is billions of dollars large. There are a lot of participants -- 30,000 independent tire dealers alone -- who offer tires and services to consumers and businesses alike.
How big is our industry? Would you believe it increased nearly 20% in 2011 compared to 2010? Would you believe the increase outpaced real gross domestic purchases? Would you believe I am a "Get Smart" fan?
To find out how the billions of dollars are broken out by market segment, click on "Our industry is worth -- drum roll, please -- more than $38 billion!" the latest blog from Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich.
The B.O.B. blog includes preliminary data from the 2012 MTD Facts Issue, which will be in the mail soon.