Tire Factory is working to expand the Point S footprint in the U.S., and says the addition of the Memphis warehouse provides the capacity for another 50 stores.

Look for a Dozen Point S Stores Near Memphis by the End of 2018

The same day Tire Factory Inc. took possession of a warehouse in Memphis, Tenn. — its first in the eastern half of the U.S. — CEO Walter Lybeck says the tire cooperative already had “20 store leads” it was actively pursuing. “And that number is growing quickly."

A big feature of the grand opening at Ron's Tire & Motorsports was a series of performances by BMX freestyle athletes.

Photos: Ron's Tire & Motorsports Opens a New Store in Idaho Falls

Ron's Tire Inc. opened a new store in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and its inventory features much more than tires. Motorcycles, bicycles, power equipment, grills and even barbecue sauce are sold here. The sales staff is cross trained to sell every product under the roof.  

Point S Dealer and outgoing Tire Factory Board Member Craig Bruneel moderated a panel discussion featuring, left to right, Chris Barbara from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Bob Toth from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and Jim Murphy, leader of Tire Factory's Top Flight group.

Photos: 2017 Tire Factory Dealer Meeting

Tire Factory Inc. moved its annual dealer meeting from its hometown of Portland, Ore. and spent Feb. 16-18, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. The change in venue offered some changes to the schedule too, as dealers spent a fun night at Octane Raceway racing bumper cars and playing arcade games with their families.

Bobby Hendry from 31 Inc. was from one of 80-plus vendors at the Tire Factory trade show. Here he talks to Mike Fleming, equipment supply manager for the dealer group, and Marc Thompson from Point S Everett in Everett, Wash.

Point S Rebranding Exceeds Expectations in the U.S., and Points to More Growth

Tire Factory Inc. members have rebranded the vast majority of their 206 stores to the Point S banner at a breakneck pace. And leaders of the Oregon-based cooperative are unveiling new programs with two big hopes: the momentum of current members continues, and more independent tire dealers join their network.

Jared McDermott, left, and Debra Bonogofsky, owners of L.P. Anderson Point S Tire and Auto Service, stand on the roof of their new solar-powered store with Tire Factory CEO Walter Lybeck.

A Solar-Powered Tire Store Opens in Montana

Almost 60 years after the first L.P. Anderson tire store opened in Billings, Mont., the family-run business has opened its second location. The owners have invested $2.5 million to make the new L.P. Anderson Point S Tire and Auto Service a reality.

Walter Lybeck, CEO of Tire Factory, speaks to dealers during the cooperative's annual meeting in February 2016. He was named CEO April 4, 2016.

Tire Factory’s New CEO Outlines 3 Paths to Growth

Walter Lybeck sees plenty of growth potential for Tire Factory Inc. And after a couple weeks as the cooperative’s permanent CEO, he outlined his strategy to pursue that growth during an interview with Modern Tire Dealer.

Walter Lybeck has risen to the top at Tire Factory as its new permanent CEO. At the group's annual meeting in February 2016, Modern Tire Dealer overheard dealers tell board members they thought Lybeck had done well as interim CEO and should be considered a top candidate.

Tire Factory Picks Its New CEO

Walter Lybeck, the chief financial officer of Tire Factory Inc. who has served as the cooperative's interim CEO since August 2015, has been named the permanent CEO.

Owner Eric Gill spent $11,000 on new signage inside and outside his Brown's Parkrose Point S store in Portland, Ore.

Photos: 2016 Tire Factory Dealer Meeting

Tire Factory dealers gathered for their annual meeting Feb. 18-20, 2016, in Portland, Ore. It was the first look for many dealers at the new branding and designs of Point S, an international group of independent tire dealers that Tire Factory joined in May 2015.

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