When it comes to servicing trucking operations - from the biggest fleets to the smallest owner-operators - independent commercial tire dealers rule the roost. But truck stop chains are making big investments in their tire programs, writes MTD Editor Mike Manges.
The commercial truck tire segment has shifted into high gear as the trucking industry continues to gain momentum. But a number of challenges for both truck tire suppliers and dealers remain. Find out what they are in this MTD exclusive.
What do you get when you combine Southern Tire Mart LLC, the largest independently owned and operated commercial tire dealership in the United States, with one of the country’s largest truck stop chains, Pilot Flying J, which enjoys a presence in more than 40 states?
McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. has divested of four retail tire locations in the last year. That may not seem noteworthy for a tire dealership so heavily focused on the commercial tire business. But President John McCarthy Jr. maintains retail tire service is a profitable and important part of the company’s strategy.
Electric vehicles for personal use are getting a lot of press, but electrification is coming to the domestic heavy-duty truck market, too. What impact will electric trucks have on tire design and construction? Truck tire suppliers share their thoughts in this MTD exclusive.
Mahansaria Tyres Private Ltd. (MTPL) is manufacturing agricultural and construction tires in India, and in a first step to build a distribution network in the U.S., the company has acquired the majority stake in Tyres International Inc. (TI), an Ohio-based wholesale tire distributor.
As commercial tire dealers look to enhance their business values into the same stratosphere as retail tire dealers, some are looking at integrating the more profitable elements of retail business into their commercial operations. From a customer retention and profit perspective, this makes perfect sense.
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.