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On the Fast Track: RNR Tire Express Picks Up Steam

National franchise operation RNR Tire Express had a banner year in 2020 and is poised for an even better 2021. The Tampa. Fla.-based company has agreements in place to open nearly 50 more franchise outlets before the end of the year. Larry Sutton, president of RNR Tire Express, wants 500 franchise locations by 2027. It’s an ambitious target, but well within reach, he says.


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New Yokohama Port Tire Targets Today's Straddle Carriers

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires America Inc. has released its popular Yokohama RR42 IND-4 steel-belted radial in the 480/95R25 size. Capable of loads of up to 37,500 pounds at 15 miles per hour and rated for speeds up to 21.7 miles per hour, the tire targets the new class of straddle carriers.


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GRI Steps Up Green Manufacturing Efforts

Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. has made a number of enhancements at its plants in Sri Lanka to optimize its "green manufacturing" processes, a major priority for the company, which sells specialty tires in the United States.


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Maxam Adds Two Key Sizes to MS708 OTR Tire

Maxam Tire North America has added two sizes, 30/75-29 and 18.00-25, to its Maxam MS708 line, which is "constantly evolving for wheel loaders operating in the most severe waste, recycling and underground mining applications," according to company officials.


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Sun Auto Tire Gets New Majority Investor and CEO

Los Angeles, Calif.-based private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners is now a majority investor in Sun Auto Tire & Service. Tony Puckett will join Sun Auto as the company's new CEO, replacing Frank Kneller, who has stepped down to "pursue other opportunities," according to a statement from Sun Auto.


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Bridgestone Invests in Mobile Vehicle Service Company

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has purchased 10% share in Wrench, a mobile vehicle services company. The partnership "paves the way" for the companies to "explore synergies in their service offerings, including pairing Bridgestone's 2,200-plus company-owned stores with Wrench's complementary mobile services marketplace."


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