Jim and Tommy Duff were on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking of a center geared toward boosting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the University of Mississippi. The center will be named after the tire dealing brothers, who are the owners of Southern Tire Mart.
The Biden Administration has set the deadline for employers with at least 100 workers to ensure either every employee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or unvaccinated employees are tested weekly. Employers also will be required to provide paid time for their workers to get the shot.
New Tire Industry Hall of Fame member and outgoing Tire Industry Association (TIA) CEO Dr. Roy Littlefield can claim a number of well-deserved achievements and accolades. But the association’s longtime leader says many of his proudest moments at the helm of TIA were accompanied by little — and in most cases, zero — fanfare.
As the director of Purcell Tire & Rubber Co.’s global mining division, new Tire Industry Association (TIA) President Mason Hess knows tires — especially big ones. In this interview, he previews some of the things TIA members can expect to see from the association in 2022.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, when the 2021 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and Global Tire Expo open at the Las Vegas Convention Center, The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will stage the first of two days of educational sessions.
“There’s no competition when it comes to safety.” That has become the backbone and unofficial motto of the Safety Leadership Summit, an initiative led by and involving some of the nation’s largest commercial tire dealerships. In October 35 safety personnel gathered near Charlotte, N.C., to share best practices and ideas on how to make their employees, workplaces and the industry as a whole, safer.
The latest report from the TechForce Foundation confirms what tire dealers and others in the automotive industry know too well — the demand for and shortage of technicians has gotten significantly worse in the last year. In fact, it nearly doubled.
With the unemployment rate on a downward slide, why are small businesses — including independent tire dealerships — having such a tough time finding workers? Reasons vary, say dealers, many of whom are rethinking their approach to recruitment — and how to hang onto the people they already employ.
The supply chain issues have escalated all the way to the White House and this week President Joe Biden unveiled efforts and initiatives to relieve bottlenecks, including those affecting the tire industry at the all-important Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
What’s more scarce at your tire dealership — tires or people? If you can’t pick one, you’re not alone. The nation’s largest commercial tire dealerships have been grappling with shortages on both fronts.
With 12 warehouses and a wholesale tire operation that covers much of New York and Pennsylvania, Moore’s Tire Sales Inc. is experiencing a big business boom. In the first three months of 2021, owner Bill Watkins said the company recorded a $4 million increase in sales. And at the start of the second quarter, the 43-person sales team hit its monthly quota more than a week ahead of schedule.
Love’s Travel Stops has replaced a retread plant and distribution center in Texas with a facility twice the size in El Reno, Oklahoma. It's part of a national strategy to expand the company's retread and distribution capacities.
2021 Tire Shipments Expected to Beat Pre-Pandemic Figures
August 3, 2021
The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association expects total tire shipments in 2021 to exceed pre-pandemic levels, according to the group’s latest estimates. And the newest projections show a notable increase in every segment of the replacement tire market.
Retreaders endured an uneasy 2020, but they pushed forward with investments in facilities and technology as they remained focused on the future. Here's a look at the domestic retread tire market in 2021, and some of the people making things happen.