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MNA EV

Michelin Unveils Its First EV Tire for North America

Michelin North America Inc. is bringing its first tire specifically designed for electric vehicles to the North American market. The Michelin Pilot Sport EV, which is already sold in China, will be available in the United States and Canada during the third quarter of 2021.


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GY Cooper

Goodyear to Acquire Cooper for $2.5 Billion

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. today announced that they have entered a definitive agreement under which Goodyear will  acquire Cooper in a transaction valued at $2.5 billion. The deal is expected to close during the second half of 2021.


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FUO

Farmers Union Oil Places a Premium on Service

In the small town of Garrison, N.D., Farmers Union Oil, a tire dealership and farm cooperative based about 75 miles north of Bismarck, has been helping both customers and the community in which it operates for nearly 100 years. Paul Schlichting, Farmers Union Oil's general manager, discusses the co-op's tire operations in this MTD exclusive.


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Dhaval

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires America Prepares for Big Year

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires America Inc. (YOHTA) - until recently known as Alliance Tire Americas Inc. - is preparing for a big 2021 with the roll-out of new products and further refinement of its “one stop shop” concept, consolidated under the Yokohama banner. In this interview, YOHTA President Dhaval Nanavati discusses all of the above, in addition to support that parent company Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is providing and more.


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White House issues

The Latest on COVID-19 Relief, PPP Loans and Other Hot Topics

The Tire Industry Association is keeping an eye on COVID-19 relief, Paycheck Protection Plan benefits and other front-and-center issues that directly impact independent tire dealers. Association officials provide more information - including why you should take maximum advantage of the Employee Retention Tax Credit - here.

 

 


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pricing

MTD Facts Issue: Pricing Marked By ‘Flight to Value’

Perhaps the most significant retail tire pricing trend observed during 2020 was the “flight to value” made by consumers who were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a look at average consumer tire advertised prices near the end of the year - major brand, low-cost brand and overall.


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'Return to Normal?' Analyst John Healy Discusses Why The Tire Industry Will Move Forward - Not Backward - in 2021

As an analyst at Northcoast Research Holdings LLC, John Healy has a bird’s-eye view of the domestic tire industry. Healy, who also writes MTD’s monthly Your Marketplace column, calls 2020 “the most unpredictable and at the same time, the most surprising” year in recent memory. In this MTD exclusive, Healy explains why - and looks ahead to what 2021 will bring.

 


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STM

Southern Tire Mart, Pilot Flying J Form Strategic Alliance

Southern Tire Mart, the largest independent commercial tire dealership in the U.S., and Pilot Co. have formed a strategic alliance, Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J, that "will leverage the strengths and conveniences of Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers, as well as the tire and maintenance
expertise of Southern Tire Mart."


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