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It's a Wonderland World - and It's Getting Bigger

Company Plans to Expand AcuTread Network

Wonderland Tire Co.’s March 2021 acquisition of Newport, Ky.-based Sumerel Tire Service Inc. does more than give the Bryon Center, Mich.-based dealership three additional plants — one in Kentucky, one in Ohio and another in Tennessee. The buy-out also gives Wonderland Tire an even bigger springboard for further development of its AcuTread retreader network. 


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Kneller Discusses What's Next for Sun Auto Tire

GB Auto Service Inc., which recently rebranded as Sun Auto Tire & Service Inc., has been busy since the 2020 edition of the MTD 100 was published. In this interview, Sun Auto Tire CEO Frank Kneller discusses what's next for the company and why he views its growth potential to be "essentially limitless."
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Automotive Service Leads the Way for Monro's Rebound

Tire Dealer Searches for Tire Distribution 'Partners'
Monro Inc.’s latest financial report shows the nation’s third-largest independent tire dealer is emphasizing automotive service in its rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Alignments and brake sales were both up more than 50% in the most recent quarter.
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New TBC CEO Discusses NTB, Tire Kingdom Strategy

'We Will Always Be Keen on the Idea of Growth,' Says Bourrut
TBC Corp.'s Tire Kingdom and NTB Tire & Service Centers chains have grown to encompass nearly 630 total outlets. And TBC continues to expand its Big O Tire LLC and Midas International LLC franchise networks. In this exclusive interview, new TBC President and CEO Laurent Bourrut discusses TBC's strategy of focusing on its "core" businesses, what's next for Tire Kingdom and NTB and more.
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Discount Tire CEO: 'Nothing Is Off the Table'

Muglia Talks New Markets, Electric Vehicles, the Addition of New Services and What the Rest of 2021 Holds

As CEO of Discount Tire, Dean Muglia oversees the largest independent tire dealership in the U.S. With 1,100 total stores, Discount Tire is known for its traditional, “tires-only” model, but “I think you will see us experiment with other services more,” Muglia recently told MTD.  In this exclusive interview - Muglia's first with a tire industry publication - he discusses why "nothing is off the table" when it comes to adding more services, plus new and future markets for Discount Tire and more.


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ATD To Hike Flat-Rate Shipping Fees

American Tire Distributors Inc. is increasing its flat-rate shipping rates on passenger, light truck and trailer tires ordered through ATD Total Access, a program that gives independent tire dealers access to ATD’s national inventory beyond their local network.
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How Life at the Car Dealership Is Affecting Tire Dealers

As automakers over the past year have been playing whack-a-mole — attacking everything from COVID-19 production shutdowns, part and microchip shortages, and supply chain problems — it means there have been plenty of disruptions at the neighborhood car dealership. And that presents tire dealers with opportunity, but also some fresh challenges.
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Best-One of Indy Continues Growth With Eye on Commercial

When Indy Tire Centers Inc. dba Best-One of Indy acquired two R&T Tire stores this spring, it was the latest evidence of the company’s growth. But just as important, it was another entry point into Indiana’s farming economy. “We’ve always provided ag and OTR and truck tire services, but as we expand out of the major metropolitan area of Indianapolis, it’s definitely an emphasis on ag,” says Scott McKenzie, vice president of commercial for Best-One of Indy.
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‘Tier-Four Is In Total Chaos’

Shipping delays, price increases and the impact of new tariffs are all having a big effect on the U.S. tire market, but all three hitting the industry at once is creating an especially chaotic situation in the lower tiers. Executives from Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. broke down the chaos during their latest dealer forum.
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