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Michelin: North American Replacement Market Up 32%

Sept. 13, 2021
Michelin Group sees continued growth in the North American replacement tire market, while the original equipment world continues to be held back by the shortage of semiconductors...


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Francois Michelin Addressed Big Questions in Book ('And Why Not?')

July 28, 2021
Business management books are a dime a dozen. Some are great. Some are not-so-great. I happen to enjoy books written by - or about - tire dealers. But up until recently, I had...
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Don't Miss the 2021 MTD 100!

July 21, 2021
Each July, MTD presents the most anticipated tire industry ranking of the year - the MTD 100, which is the most comprehensive look at the 100 largest independent tire dealerships...
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How Life at the Car Dealership Is Affecting Tire Dealers

June 28, 2021
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...

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Stay Tuned for MTD's Tire Dealer Survival Guide

May 13, 2021
Does it feel like you spend more time working “in” your business than “on” your business? MTD’s Tire Dealer Survival Guide is here to help.

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Bridgestone Will Open Stores in 25 States in 2021

April 1, 2021
When Bridgestone Retail Operations opens 58 new stores in 2021, it will be a coast-to-coast effort, with the tiremaker opening the doors to company-owned stores in 25 states.

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Cooper Joined Forces with Pirelli 22 Years Ago

March 25, 2021
As the industry waits for the next steps in the Goodyear-Cooper deal to be revealed, it’s interesting to note that Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. joined forces ...

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West Coast Container Ship Pileup Continues

March 18, 2021
The transpacific container ship slowdown is expected to reverse course during the second quarter, but as of right now, the pileup of vessels on the West Coast continues - and ...


No Debate Here: Dealership Moves Ahead with Wage Hike

March 3, 2021
As arguments for and against boosting the minimum wage continue in Washington D.C., a tire dealership in Fort Wayne, Ind., decided that it didn't need to wait for...

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Goodyear-Cooper Deal: Brands Well-Represented Among MTD 100 Dealerships

Feb. 24, 2021
Commenting on Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s pending acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Brad Hughes, Cooper's president and CEO, said that “when you look at the whole of it...

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Goodyear-Cooper Deal: Hughes Is 'Very Confident' Deal Will Close

Feb. 23, 2021
What hasn’t changed in the last eight years? The sale price of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. With its second acquisition deal in a decade underway, the price stands at $2...

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Fascinating Retreading Facts Paint Vibrant Picture

Feb. 16, 2021
The late Harvey Brodsky often proclaimed, “Retreading is recycling!” And he was right. Retreading was recycling long before recycling and “going green”...

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Feds, Private Sector Double Down on 'All-Electric' Future

Feb. 8, 2021
In the November issue of MTD, I wrote that “electric vehicles are here to stay.” This statement has been underscored by two recent announcements - one by the ...

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Deja Vu! Tires From South Korea Were Under the Microscope 35 Years Ago

Jan. 21, 2021
You might be tempted to think that the current antidumping investigation of consumer tires made in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam is an unprecedented development...

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Ohio Tire Dealers Honor Ulrich With Bill Floyd Award

Dec. 29, 2020
As we approach the start of a new year, I would be remiss if I failed to mention a very special honor that was recently bestowed on a member of the extended MTD family.

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Five Big Trends to Watch In the New Year

Dec. 14, 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, the big question seems to be, “What will the new year bring?” Curtis Brison, vice president of passenger and light truck tire sales,...

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Ag Tire Manufacturers, Dealers Continue to Make Hay

Dec. 3, 2020
During normal times, few tiremakers - or tire dealers, for that matter - get excited about a "flat" year. But this hasn't been a normal year. And ag tire manufacturer...

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What Should the Biden White House Know About Your Business?

Nov. 19, 2020
Earlier this month, the Tire Industry Association’s Roy Littlefield told me that he expects the incoming Biden Administration to tackle COVID-19, infrastructure funding...

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Tire Discounters Hits On Winning Tech Recruitment Formula

Nov. 17, 2020
Tire dealerships partnering with technical schools to identify, develop and recruit young auto service technicians is not necessarily a new idea. But it isn’t always easy...

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MTD History: Tiremaker Exec's Adventure Behind the Iron Curtain

Nov. 11, 2020
The recent passing of Sean Connery - the coolest James Bond - put me in a nostalgic mood for old spy movies and books. While combing through the MTD library, I came across...