They own and operate the biggest commercial truck tire dealership in the United States. Their company also is the largest retreader in the country — with its daily production eclipsing that of three different tire manufacturers. They’ve built a coast-to-coast empire spanning more than 150 stores across 15 states that is on track to hit $2 billion in sales this year. They’re Jim and Tommy Duff, the owners of Southern Tire Mart. They’re the recipients of MTD’s 2021 Tire Dealer of the Year Award. And they say they’re just getting started.
Wonderland Tire Co.’s acquisition of Newport, Ky.-based Sumerel Tire Service Inc. does more than give the Bryon Center, Mich.-based dealership three additional plants — one in Kentucky, one in Ohio and another in Tennessee. The buyout also gives Wonderland Tire an even bigger springboard for further development of its AcuTread retreader network.
Longtime tread rubber supplier Vipal Rubber Corp. is now supplying retread plant equipment to the North American market. Vipal executive Gabriel Fuma discusses the company's strategy in this MTD interview.
Love's Travel Stops has relocated its Plainfield, Ind., retread plant to a new, 200,000-square-foot plant in Mooresville, Ind. An Oliver retreader, Love's has six retread plants across the country and is the eighth largest operation on MTD's 2021 Top 50 Retreaders List.
Retreaders endured an uneasy 2020, but they pushed forward with investments in facilities and technology as they remained focused on the future. Here's a look at the domestic retread tire market in 2021, and some of the people making things happen.