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PPP Loan Deadline To Be Extended

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:14:35 PST

With approximately $129 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding remaining at the end of June, Congress has voted to extend the deadline for applications.

Schrader, the automotive aftermarket brand of Sensata Technologies, recently announced the winners of its Schrader Academy Shop Stool Giveaway contest, which ended on June 30th.

Continental Offers Summer Tire Rebate

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:37:43 PST

Consumers who purchase four light truck, SUV or CUV tires from Continental Tire the Americas LLC in July or August are eligible to receive up to a $100 Visa prepaid gift card.

Former MTD Editor Chuck Slaybaugh Has Died

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 07:52:57 PST

Charles Slaybaugh Jr., a former editor of Modern Tire Dealer who spent 17 years at the magazine and more than 30 years in the tire industry, has died. He was 80.

3 Questions With Black’s Tire

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 06:11:51 PST

Modern Tire Dealer is kicking off a new series of interviews with independent tire dealers. We sat down with Rick Benton and Ryan Benton from Black's Tire Service Inc. and asked them questions about issues facing the tire industry. They addressed wholesale distribution, e-commerce and the search for technicians.

Michelin Launches Next-Generation Pilot Sport

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:48:24 PST

Michelin North America Inc. has introduced its latest ultra-high performance all-season tire, the Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4, which is currently available in 105 sizes. “The tire is designed to provide year-round performance and give drivers ultimate control in any moment, in any season,” say Michelin officials.

NTD Receives Chamber of Commerce Award

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:30:04 PST

National Tire Distributors Inc., a subsidiary of American Tire Distributors Inc., has received the Burlington, Ontario, Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award in the wholesale category.

Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. will supply tires for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The company will create custom tires for use at Formula E events.

Yokohama Adds Sizes to 714R Truck Tire

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:33:26 PST

Yokohama Tire Corp. has added two sizes to the Yokohama 714R, which has been designed for urban pickup and delivery applications.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has expanded its Roadmaster truck tire line with the addition of the Roadmaster RM258 WDTM, which is designed for regional fleets that need optimal winter traction.

Vogue Announces Summer Signature Rebate

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:12:28 PST

Vogue Tyre and Rubber Co.’s new Summer Signature Sales Event offers consumers a $75 rebate when they buy four Vogue Signature V Black tires. The program runs through July 31.

GB Auto Service Acquires 32 More Stores

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 06:01:33 PST

GB Auto Service Inc. has added 32 more locations to its portfolio, and the plan is for all of them to add tires to their inventory.

Bridgestone Corp. is working with Microsoft to develop a monitoring system that detects tire damage in real time, which will be the first of its kind, according to the tire manufacturer.

Nama Offers Run-Flat Tires in More Than 80 Sizes

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:10:26 PST

Nama Tires Inc. says its Masse 291 and Masse 294 run-flat passenger tires are available in more than 80 sizes, ranging from 16 inches to 20 inches in diameter.

Barnwell House of Tires Inc. operates throughout New York City — which has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

Mobile Tire Installers See Increase in Demand

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:19:58 PST

Stay-at-home orders and social distancing rules have led to more utilization of mobile tire installation services in recent months. "I’ve never seen this much excitement” around mobile tire installation, says Joe Flores, co-owner of GoMobile Tires.

Vredestein Quatrac Pro Comes In 27 More Sizes

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:51:14 PST

Apollo Vredestein Tires Inc. has added 27 more sizes to the Quatrac Pro, giving the all-weather tire 139 sizes for vehicles throughout North America.

Nokian Tyres plc is inviting drivers to share information about their favorite road trips and "one lucky U.S. driver who enters a road trip will win a set of tires from Nokian and several runners-up will receive secondary prizes,” say company officials.

Hankook Earns GM Supplier of the Year Honors

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:03:23 PST

General Motors has named Hankook Tire America Corp. a GM Supplier of the Year for its performance during the 2019 calendar year. 

“The best advice I can share is to stay on top of your customers' needs, especially during this period of uncertainty and change,” says Brian Sheehey, vice president, marketing, Alliance Tire Americas Inc.

TIA Offers Free Fleet Training in July

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:53:51 PST

The Tire Industry Association is adding a three-week series of free online video conference webinars in July directed at fleets that use mounted tire programs and the commercial tire dealers who provide those services.

Fountain Tire Truck-Thru Pops Up in Edmonton

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:41:08 PST

Fountain Tire Ltd. has set up a “one-of-a-kind” pop-up coffee shop at Rosenau Transport in Edmonton, Alberta.

Carlisle TyrFil Supports Reforestation Efforts

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:26:35 PST

Carlisle TyrFil is supporting two new tree reforestation projects to help preserve America’s most endangered natural forest regions. In collaboration with American Forests, the company will plant seedlings to help repopulate territory in Virginia and Arkansas.

Les Schwab Puts Sale Process on Pause

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:18:36 PST

The sale of Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc., one of the country’s largest independent tire dealerships, has been “paused,” Dale Thompson, the company’s chief marketing officer, has told MTD.

Using the Balancer to Reduce Customer Comebacks

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:43:11 PST

Road force balancing isn’t new. But two decades ago, many technicians didn’t want to dedicate the time to do it on every tire that needed balancing.

In reference to its early-November show in Las Vegas, Nev., the Specialty Equipment Market Association says it is “focused on building the optimal business environment where showgoers will feel safe to congregate."

What’s the forecast for original equipment truck tire demand? “We anticipate that OE will not start to come back until year-end,” says Walt Weller, senior vice president, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA), owner of the Double Coin truck tire brand.

Twenty percent of households are delaying maintenance on their vehicles, according to the results of a recent survey by automotive research firm IMR Inc.

Opus IVS is presenting a free one-hour online training course titled “Intro to Chrysler Programming” on Wednesday, July 1, at 6 p.m. EST.

Bridgestone Corp. will enhance its OTR tire performance monitoring capabilities thanks to the acquisition of Transence Technologies’ iTrack Solutions Business unit.

Apollo's Seventh Plant is Up and Running

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 07:50:23 PST

The first tire built at Apollo Tyres Ltd.’s new plant in India has rolled off the assembly line.

When will replacement commercial truck tire demand start to return? Jinki Shin, sales manager for Kumho Tire USA Inc., says it could happen as early as next month. In this interview, Shin discusses Kumho’s truck tire inventory strategy, shipment projections and more.

Industry Hiring Trails Overall U.S. Recovery

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 14:33:53 PST

Tire dealers are well-acquainted with the economic impact of COVID-19. Retail sales plummeted after the initial shock from the pandemic, but then began to recover as stimulus checks were deposited into Americans’ bank accounts and stay-at-home orders were eased.

There are so many great tools for marketing yourself to new customers. But the telephone is still critical. If your people are not using the phone properly, all of the great marketing campaigns you have launched and all of the other communication tools you are using will be rendered meaningless. 

RideStyler Names Business Development Director

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:10:02 PST

Automotive industry web platform provider RideStyler has named Jeremy Johnson director of business development.

The U.S. truck tire market looked much different at the end of last year than it does now. Through the end of 2019, 18.7 million medium truck tires had been shipped through the replacement downward trajectory, but numbers were still at respectable levels. And tonnage was increasing, albeit slightly. Then, not too long later, COVID-19 hit. And to say that things have not been the same since is an understatement.

BKT Expands Industrial Tire Lineup

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:55:20 PST

Balkrishna Industries Ltd. has added two products, the MAGLIFT ECO and the MAGLIFT Premium, to its forklift tire portfolio.

3 Areas to Watch for a Commercial Rebound

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:26:35 PST

From trucking to manufacturing to construction, Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. (SRNA) gathered data to paint a picture of the overall commercial sector as a way to calculate how it will affect the tire world. Here are takeaways from three key segments of the industry.

CRC Industries Inc. has made available a new technical bulletin entitled ‘"The Urgent Need for Proper Workplace Cleaning and Disinfecting of Hard Non-Porous Surfaces."

Demand for truck tires could begin to pick up during the third quarter, says Manny Cicero, CEO of Triangle Tire USA. In this interview, Cicero provides an update on Triangle’s truck tire business in North America, the company’s supply position and more.

The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) will hold a virtual national membership conference and expo August 18-20. With a theme of “Together Towards Tomorrow,” the meeting will bring together members of Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association, as well as supplier partners and associates in an online forum.

PLT Tire Tariff Investigation Advances

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:46:31 PST

The U.S. Department of Commerce will move forward with the next step in investigating whether passenger and light truck tires imported from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are being dumped in the U.S. market.

Keter Tire Ltd. is bringing its NeoTerra brand passenger, light truck and medium truck tires to the United States through its recently created Keter Tire USA subsidiary.

Openbay Adds Tires to Its Chat Platform

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:39:42 PST

The latest update by Openbay Inc. gives consumers access to a tire catalog, pricing, availability and scheduling options.

June Has Brought Tire Dealers' Best Week of 2020

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:21:46 PST

Based on data from 3,000 points of sale in the U.S., tire dealers have just recorded their best week of 2020.

You can’t always get what you want/But if you try sometime, you just might find — you get what you need.” Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote these lyrics in 1969 (or 1968, depending on who you believe) and I’m sure they weren’t thinking about independent tire dealers at the time. But those words do have an unexpected resonance some 50 years later.

“Our current inventory levels remain strong and we expect our supply to remain at levels to meet market demands,” says Rob Williams, vice president of TBR sales, Hankook Tire America Corp. In this interview, Williams discusses the role Hankook’s global supply chain has played in ensuring consistent truck tire supply to U.S. dealers, plus other topics.

Maxam Promotes Gilland to VP Position

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 06:23:31 PST

Maxam Tire North America Inc. has named Greg Gilland vice president of its Global Agricultural Program.

Point S Opens 2 Stores in China

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 15:11:45 PST

Point S International has opened its first two stores in China, and says the global pandemic will not stand in the way of its goal of opening 1,000 locations in the country by 2025.

The targets Pirelli Cie & SpA has set for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions have been validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) as consistent with the actions needed to maintain climate warming well below 2°C (35.6°F).

Through its Acting Together program, Balkrishna Industries Inc. (BKT) is providing critical assistance to people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tire Discounters Opens 2 More Stores

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 08:44:57 PST

Tire Discounters Inc. has opened two more stores in its newest markets — Indianapolis, Ind., and Knoxville, Tenn.

TireHub LLC partnered with retail tire dealers near each of its 70 distribution centers in the U.S. to donate 70 sets of tires to essential workers.

Long-haul, last-mile and waste haul fleet activity will help drive a resurgence in replacement truck tire demand, says Chris Ripani, president of truck, bus and retread tires, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Modern Tire Dealer Joins 10 Missions Media

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 06:06:20 PST

Modern Tire Dealer, the tire industry’s leading publication for more than 100 years, has joined 10 Missions Media, the leading business-to-business publisher in the automotive industry.

Dhaval Nanavati, president of Alliance Tire Americas Inc., has some advice for tire dealers. “I do not think we should await a general economic recovery. I think dealers should be thinking right now about the role they will play in helping their customers begin recovering as soon as possible."

INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City’s 2020 edition has been postponed a second time. Originally slated for this July and then moved to September, the show will now occur July 21 – 23, 2021, at Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City.

OK Tire Names National Store of the Year

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 08:56:52 PST

OK Tire Winkler of Manitoba has been named OK Tire Stores Inc.’s National Store of the Year for 2019.

Pep Boys, which was founded by military veterans nearly 100 years ago, recently partnered with Military Makeover, airing on Lifetime TV, to repair the vehicle of a retired military couple in Lincolnton, N.C.

Passenger vehicle miles driven have made a steady comeback from the pit of late March and early April, and Rick Brennan, vice president of strategic planning for Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc., says the data shows passenger travel has recovered 90% of what was lost three months ago.

Nokian's U.S. Plant Earns ISO 9001 Certification

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 08:01:45 PST

Less than six months after opening, Nokian Tyres’ factory in Dayton, Tenn., has earned ISO 9001 certification. “The achievement affirms that the company has implemented rigorous quality management processes at the facility that enable it to craft premium products that meet the demanding needs of North American drivers,” say Nokian officials.

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. expects a “strong rebound” in truck tire demand this summer, says Michael Graber, the company's vice president of sales. In this interview, Graber discusses Toyo’s supply position and related topics at mid-year.

Chen Returns As New Maxxis Chairman

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 20:01:25 PST

In a move designed to strengthen Maxxis International’s global market presence, former Maxxis President Dr. Wally Chen is coming out of retirement to become the company’s chairman.

Tire Pros Adds 10 Locations

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:31:59 PST

Tire Pros has added 10 locations in eight states to its national footprint.

In this interview, Paul Williams, executive vice president of commercial vehicle tires, Americas region, Continental Tire the Americas LLC, discusses the expected effect of COVID-19 on truck tire demand, how shipments for the rest of the year could be impacted and more. “Overall, we believe that our strong partnerships with our customers will lead Continental to success,” he says.

Titan Touts Ply Ratings of OTR Tires

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:56:27 PST

Titan International Inc. says it has introduced the industry’s highest ply ratings for two of its existing OTR product lines, the Titan CM100 and the Titan CM150. “This higher ply rating allows for carrying significantly heavier loads, and doing so with greater durability and a longer life,” say Titan officials.

Vipal Brings VT560 Tread to North America

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:36:45 PST

Vipal Rubber has introduced a new tread, the VT560, to the North American market. The VT560 “was developed to obtain high adhesion," according to Vipal officials.

TIA Will Resume Training Classes Next Month

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:30:26 PST

After canceling several training courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tire Industry Association will resume Automotive Tire Service, Commercial Tire Service, Earthmover Tire Service and Farm Tire Service training courses, starting next month.

Cooper Will Open New Distribution Center

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 06:24:45 PST

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will open a one million-square-foot regional distribution center in Whiteland, Ind. Currently under construction, it is expected to open in early 2021.

American Pacific Industries Inc. is recalling 1,226 Gladiator X-Comp A/T tires because their sidewalls may separate from the tire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching the Automated Vehicles Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative with states, local governments, and private-sector stakeholders in the automated driving system community.

Alliance Opens First Warehouse in Canada

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:24:04 PST

Alliance Tire Americas Inc. has opened its first Canadian warehouse in Mississauga, Ontario. The facility will serve tire dealers in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, says Dhaval Nanavati, the company's president.

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) and market research firm GfK US will offer a webinar to talk about what comes next for the U.S. retail tire marketplace as the economy reopens following coronavirus lockdowns.

Hankook Kinergy Wins Chevy Trailblazer Fitment

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:32:25 PST

Hankook Tire America Corp. will supply the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer with the all-season Hankook Kinergy (H436).

ITDG Adds Double Coin, Tianli

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:12:48 PST

Members of Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC (ITDG) will have access to two more brands of tires — Double Coin and Tianli from China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA).

Apollo Vredestein has rebranded its Snowtrac winter tire line as Wintrac. According to Vredestein officials, the new Wintrac "is even more suitable for current North American winters, as it will have improved performance in all types of wet conditions, while continuing to drive superbly on snow.”

Alliance Tire Americas Inc. has expanded its ag tire lineup with the introduction of the Alliance Agriflex+ 881, a new, all-steel very high-flexion (VF) tire for heavy farm implement applications.

Cooper Awards 6 High School Scholarships

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 07:02:43 PST

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has awarded scholarships to six recent high school graduates, all of whom are the children of the company's employees.

Barnwell House of Tires Inc. operates throughout New York City, which a few months ago emerged as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

'A Crisis Can Give You Courage'

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:18:05 PST

“It seems like every 10 years, something like (the COVID-19) pandemic happens,” says Don Mead, CEO of Callaghan Tire Inc. in Bradenton, Fla. “There was the early-80’s recession, the early-90’s recession, the Great Recession and now this.” Mead says there are four things tire dealers should do during every crisis.

Register Now for TIA Webinar on TPMS Service

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:15:08 PST

Registration for the sixth and final week of the Tire Industry Association’s Automotive Tire Service webinar series, which will cover tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) service, is now open. The TPMS course will take place June 23-25.

Nama Touts Performance of NF104 Truck Tire

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 08:57:54 PST

Nama Tires Inc. says fleets are reporting that its Nama brand NF104 commercial truck tires have "worked continuously for two years in normal road conditions" and are still "working now."

“There is still a cloud of uncertainty, but things appear to be headed in a positive direction.” That’s Dan Funkhouser’s assessment of the truck tire market at mid-year.

McCarthy Tire Service Merges 2 Philly Operations

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:10:59 PST

McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. is merging two store operations and relocating them to a larger facility in Levittown, Pa.

Bridgestone Launches Bandag MaxTread Line

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:28:03 PST

The new Bandag MaxTread line from Bridgestone Americas Inc. "features quality Bandag retreads as a standalone, single unit tire solution, rather than a traditional cap and casing offering."

When will demand for tires rebound? Which segments will bounce back sooner? How has COVID-19 changed consumer tire buying habits? Top executives at various tire companies recently shared their thoughts with MTD.

An updated survey from IMR Inc. shows how COVID-19 has upended the expectations and priorities of independent automotive repair shops and their technicians. The survey also shows the vast majority of providers — 84% — reported a decrease in revenue.

Former NTDRA Chief Friedlander Dies

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:52:46 PST

Former National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association leader Phil Friedlander Jr. died on June 2.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. thought its volume would be down “around 50%” during the second quarter of 2020, Darren Wells, the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, said June 10 during the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference. “I think that estimate still holds."

ALI Leader Chic Fox Dies

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:37:36 PST

E.K. “Chic” Fox, longtime Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) leader, died at home in Indiatlantic, Fla., on June 6 after a long illness. Fox dedicated 43 years of his life to ALI and improving automotive lift safety.

Hankook Names Consumer Tires Sales VP

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:14:00 PST

Curtis Brison is Hankook Tire America Corp.'s passenger car and light truck sales vice president. Brison will be responsible for all of Hankook's passenger/light truck tire sales and corporate accounts in the United States. 

Tyrexpo Asia Set for March 2021

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 05:49:24 PST

The 13th edition of Tyrexpo Asia will be held March 17-19, 2021, in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and is expected to welcome more than 200 exhibitors from the tire industry.

Like other manufacturers, Sumitomo Rubber North America (SRNA) has not been immune to the impact of COVID-19. That includes the effect on truck tire demand. However, “it appears that the worst is behind us,” Bob Klimm, SRNA’s director of TBR sales, said during the company’s latest online dealer forum.

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the BFGoodrich brand, Michelin North America Inc. has launched two new BFGoodrich medium truck tires, the Route Control S and the Route Control D. Both products target regional haul applications.

U.S. Trade Rep Asked to Extend Tariff Exclusions

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 06:16:18 PST

The Auto Care Association is urging United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider challenges that the auto service industry is facing when evaluating requests to extend Section 301 tariff exclusions.

Cooper Unveils 2 Roadmaster Tires

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 05:36:54 PST

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has added two tires to the Roadmaster brand lineup, a new drive tire, the RM257, and a steer tire that can serve in some all-position applications, the RM170+.

Vee Will Recall Certain Light Truck Tires

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 05:03:30 PST

Vee Tyre and Rubber Co. Ltd. is recalling certain Taiga A/T tires, size LT285/75R16. Due to a manufacturing issue, the sidewall may separate from the tire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Next TIA Webinars Will Cover Tire Repair

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:29:29 PST

The Tire Industry Association’s fifth week of free Automotive Tire Service webinars will focus on the topic of tire repair. The sessions will take place three times daily, June 16-18.

Hunter Offers Special Financing

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:07:25 PST

Hunter Engineering Co. is offering special financing to any automotive service location that purchases at least $10,000 worth of equipment.

The new GT Radial Adventuro HT highway all-season tire from Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. has been designed to provide long mileage and a smooth, quiet ride for North American SUV and pickup truck owners.