The alignment performed on this Ford Galaxy was unique in 1969. "Back in the day, you dug a hole in the floor and moved the technician instead of the car," says Hunter's Kaleb Silver.
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Blog 4: Alignment Has Changed Dramatically in 50 Years

As part of our yearlong celebration of Modern Tire Dealer’s 100th anniversary, we continue to compare the past to the present with an eye toward the future. Today, as part of my 5 blogs in 5 days series, we take you back to our October 1969 issue, when we wrote about Hunter Engineering Co.’s new Compute-A-Line F-60 computerized wheel aligner.

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Blog 3: BKT Plant Update, Fury Tire Blitz and More

It's Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the 2019 Global Tire Expo (GTE) in Las Vegas. Yesteday, I received a lot of congratulations on my pending retirement, and one heartfelt, "You S.O.B.!" Thanks to all of you, even John.

Modern Tire Dealer also knows how to bring attendees and MTD editors together at the Global Tire Expo.
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5 Blogs in 5 Days: the 2019 Global Tire Expo

More than 20 years ago, the International Tire Expo, under the direction of the Tire Association of North America, merged with the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas. The names have changed since then -- it's now called the Global Tire Expo "powered" by TIA (Tire Industry Association) -- but the event remains one of the biggest tire shows in the world.

Except for the color, the trade show floor at the 1979 NTDRA convention doesn't look too different than it does at the Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas, does it?
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How Different Was TIA's Convention in 1979?

As part of our 100th anniversary celebration this year, I have written and blogged about past events in our industry, as reported in Modern Tire Dealer. Reading about our coverage of these events has been both informative and entertaining to me; I hope you have felt the same way.

Ziegler Tire celebrated its 100th anniversary at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
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4 Generations of Zieglers Know How to Stay in Business

Ziegler Tire & Supply Co. celebrated its 100th anniversary at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, last night, an appropriate venue because the National Football League is celebrating its 100th season this year. (Go Browns!)

This ad ran in the Sunday, June 29, 2003, Toledo (Ohio) Blade.
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How Tire Pricing Has Changed in 16 Years

I was going through my files at home the other day and ran across a Toledo newspaper article from June 29, 2003. The article isn't important; on the back of it, however, was an ad for Michel Tires Plus.

"We now deliver at a minimum four times a day to local customers within a 20-mile radius of our centers," says TireHub CEO Peter Gibbons.
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TireHub, NTW and ATD Talk About Their Progress

Roughly one year after tire wholesaling in the U.S. was turned on its head, I asked the top executives at TireHub LLC, NTW and American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) how their companies were progressing.

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Autonomous Vehicles Gain Momentum

It seems autonomous vehicles continue to pique the interest of journalists everywhere, and that includes me. I have gone on record as saying they won't take over our highways anytime soon because there are too many obstacles to overcome first.

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