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.
Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. is recalling 41,336 retreaded truck tires because the vulcanizing compound may not have been completely cured, leaving the possibility that the tread may not have fully adhered to the tire casing.
Les Schwab Tire Centers plans to expand into Denver, Colo., and central California this year. The 434-store dealership will open five stores in each market.
Earl Knoper, a former top executive for Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp., died on June 12. He was 67.
Since Les Schwab’s death in 2007, rumors have swirled about the fate of Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. The company’s move from small-town Prineville, Ore., to resort-town Bend, Ore., already was in motion, but that hasn’t stopped the naysayers who predict a sale is inevitable.
He's our Tire Dealer of the Year 2000. But Les Schwab could really qualify as the Tire Dealer of the Century. The scope and nature of his achievements are unprecedented in the history of the tire industry.
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