Freda Pratt-Boyer, TIA president, and Carlos Grimaldi, a consultant for Mesabi Radial Tire Company Inc. in Hibbing, Minn., are two of the close to 600 attendees at the 2015 Off-the-Road Tire Conference.

OTR conference emphasizes earthmover tires

Sixty years ago, no one was producing a 63-inch giant OTR tire, much less retreading one. Today, 63-inch tires are in demand all over the world. And a number of companies, including Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. in Potosi, Mo., are profitably selling, retreading and/or repairing them.

Pictured at the New Year Luncheon are, from left to right: co-sponsor Billy Eordekian of 1-800EveryRim-OEM Wheels; CTDA Vice President Chris Barry of the Independent Tire Dealer Group; TIA President Freda Pratt-Boyer of Purcell Tire; and co-sponsor Matt Burrows of Yokohama Tire.

California tire event hosts 71 people

The California Tire Dealers Association and–OEM Wheels held their annual New Year Luncheon on Jan. 15, 2015. Sponsored by Yokohama Tire Corp. and 1-800EveryRim, the event was attended by 71 "enthusiastic tire and wheel people," according to event organizer Billy Eordekian.

Billy Eordekian, left, is pictured with TIA President Freda Pratt-Boyer at the Tire Industry Honors awards ceremony last month.

1-800EveryRim invites Pratt-Boyer to lunch

The third annual–OEM Wheels New Year Luncheon will be held Jan. 15, 2015, in Pico Rivera, Calif. (the greater Los Angeles area). Yokohama Tire Corp. will be the co-sponsor of the California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) event.

Lucas has worked for Michelin since graduating from Heidelberg University in Tipton, Ohio, in 1992.

Purcell Tire hires Lucas to take over as CEO

Succession plans have been a hot topic at Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. board meetings for years. But it only took a few weeks to hire the CEO necessary to ensure the continued growth, strength and future of the company.


Michelin Earthmover expands repair network

The Michelin Earthmover division of Michelin Americas Truck Tires announced that since its inception in February 2013, the company has certified 11 Michelin Professional Earthmover Dealers into the Michelin Earthmover Performance Repairs program.


Majewski passes the TRIB gavel to Hayes

Brian Hayes, vice president of manufacturing for Purcell Tire & Rubber Co., is the incoming president of the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).

In 2007, Mumma was named one of the top 25 “Most Influential Business Women” in St. Louis by the “St. Louis Business Journal.”

Purcell Tire: changes for the better

Purcell Tire & Rubber Co., one of the largest independent commercial and retail tire dealerships in the country, is going through a reorganization. The company recently announced eight staffing changes and additions.

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