Les Schwab No Longer Holds Exclusive Rights to Toyo in Northwest U.S.

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.  

Dick Borgman, left, is retiring as CEO of Les Schwab, and will be replaced by Jack Cuniff as of July 1, 2018.

Les Schwab Has Picked Its Next CEO

After 11 years as the top executive at Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc., Dick Borgman plans to retire June 30. He will be replaced by Jack Cuniff, the company’s chief financial officer since 2008.

Rent-A-Wheel/Rent-A-Tire Inc. is focusing on building business at newly acquired company stores, such as the Las Cruces, N.M., outlet, while launching a franchise model nationally this month.

MTD 100: ‘Internet pricing leveled the playing field’

The maxim “business as usual” has become “business unusual” for the dealers on this year’s MTD 100. They emerged from a global recession to find an increasing threat to their margins: tire pricing on the Web. Their willingness to adapt to change has given them the competitive edge to grow their businesses.


Fire destroys Oregon Les Schwab Tire Center

A St. Helens, Ore., Les Schwab Tire Center suffered extensive fire and water damage from a fire that broke out Aug. 24, 2012, during business hours. All customers and employees were safely evacuated and there were no injuries.

Paul Zurcher, founder of Best-One Tire & Service, which tops this year's Top 25 Commercial Tire Dealer list.

Best-One tops Top 25 Commercial Dealer list

Monroe, Ind.-based Best-One Tire & Service tops Modern Tire Dealer's 2010 Top 25 United States Commercial Tire Dealer list with 65 commercial-only outlets, 117 combination commercial-retail outlets and 17 retread plants.


More on the passing of Les Schwab's Phil Wick

The memorial service for Phil Wick, the longtime Les Schwab Tire Centers executive who died recently, will be held Sunday, Aug. 29, in Bend, Ore. It will begin at 2 p.m. at the Riverhouse Convention Center.


Discount Tire tops this year's MTD 100

With 775 retail stores throughout the United States, Discount Tire Co. Inc. tops this year's 2010 MTD 100, the industry's most comprehensive list of independent tire dealer chains.


New Tire Talk blog examines 'Schwabism'

Seeking advice on how to build and run a profitable tire dealership? Look no further than "Pride in Performance: Keep It Going," a book by the late Les Schwab.

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