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Sun Auto Tire to Acquire Plaza Tire Service

Purchase Will Add 70 Stores to Sun's Rapidly Expanding Footprint

Sun Auto Tire & Service Inc. will acquire Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based Plaza Tire Service Inc. from owners Mark Rhodes and Scott Rhodes on Dec. 31. Plaza Tire has 70 locations.


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Belle Tire Enters Chicago Market with Two New Stores

Dealership Will Open 60 Stores in Illinois Over Next Three Years

Allen Park, Mich.-based Belle Tire Distributors Inc. has officially entered the greater Chicago market by opening a store in Naperville, Ill., and another outlet in Villa Park, Ill. The dealership plans to open 60 stores in Illinois over the next three years.


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Secrets of Smart, Efficient TPMS Service

Tire pressure monitoring service (TPMS) can be both regular and lucrative. Respondents to MTD’s 2021 Tire Dealer Automotive Service Study report they perform TPMS service an average of 120 times per month, and that the profit margin is higher than plenty of other services, including brake work. 


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Littlefield Leaves TIA in Top Shape As He Retires

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. 


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