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Global Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd. (GRI) has unveiled its new website, which features streamlined navigation and "recognizes the farmers, construction workers and forklift operators who move the world."

Hennessy Industries Inc. has unveiled a new center clamp tire changer for high-volume shops, as well as a new wheel balancer for light and medium-volume operations.

How to Sell Customer Financing More Effectively

Fri, 04 Sep 2020 13:59:52 PST

This column is about consumer finance options. And it may ruffle some feathers. I think that offering options to consumers so they can make the best decision for their vehicle, their budget and their situation is great. What I see as a massive opportunity for our industry is in how we offer that option.

Shopmonkey Raises $35 Million to Expand

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 08:28:28 PST

Automotive software company Shopmonkey Inc. has raised $35 million in capital in 11 months, including the most recent $25 million led by Bessemer Venture Partners.

Hotwire Will Return After Labor Day

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 08:02:05 PST

Modern Tire Dealer will not publish Hotwire on Monday, Sept. 7 due to the Labor Day holiday.

RNR Calls 2020 a 'Milestone Year' for Growth

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 06:39:42 PST

After opening seven locations in the first half of 2020, RNR Tire Express has contracts to open 47 more stores in seven states. That means the company has 400 stores under contract in the U.S.

Dobbs Opens 41st Store and Begins Work on No. 42

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 05:56:53 PST

In the span of a single week Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers Inc. opened its 41st store and broke ground for its 42nd location, which is set to open in March 2021.

Three of Yokohama Tire Corp.'s top drivers — Travis Pastrana, Andrew Carlson and Levi Shirley — will compete in the Championship Off-Road series event Sept. 4-5 at Crandon International Raceway in Wisconsin.

Tianli Brand OTR Tires Come to North America

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 06:20:37 PST

Tianli brand OTR tires, including the G306 skid steer tire, are now available in North America.

Alliance Offers Rebate on Select Farm Tires

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 05:56:17 PST

Alliance Tire Americas Inc. has launched a Farmers First Ag Tire Rebate program, offering rebates of $100 per tire for many of its Agriflex IF and VF tires, and $75 per tire for Agri Star II farm radials 30 inches and larger.

GoMobile To Add Vans, Expand Operations

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 05:19:53 PST

Mobile tire installation company GoMobile Tires says it will deploy “an additional 50 mobile tire vans,” starting this month, as part of its expansion plan.

Consumer Promotion Highlights General Brand

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 05:12:56 PST

Through Oct. 31, customers will receive up to a $100 Visa prepaid card with the purchase of four new qualifying General brand light truck and SUV tires.

Prabhash Subasinghe oversees all operations of Global Rubber Industries (Pvt.) Ltd., from product development and manufacturing to the Sri Lanka-based company’s sales operations, which span 50 countries. In this interview, he discusses how the company has managed through COVID-19, its plans for the North American market and more.

When should growers consider tire/wheel conversion, how should rolling circumference index (RCI) be used and what checks should be made to ensure correct lead-lag/

Trelleborg Wheel Systems has introduced the PS1000, a press-on solid forklift tire that features the company's Pit Stop Line innovation, which consists of specialized compounds and a new design.

Point S Dealer Acquires 10 Stores

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 08:57:12 PST

The largest Point S tire dealer in the country is making a giant, cross-country leap, buying 10 Vianor Tire Center locations from Nokian Tyres in the Northeastern U.S.

SEMA360: The SEMA Show Online Alternative

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 07:34:53 PST

Without an in-person event in Las Vegas this year, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) will offer an alternative online — SEMA360.

Hankook Tire America Corp. has introduced the Kinergy 4S2 all-weather tire to the North American market. Up until now only available in Europe, the tire is offered in 45 sizes in the United States.

Bridgestone Names Chief Information Officer

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:20:11 PST

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has named Taren Rodabaugh its chief information officer. In her new role, she will lead the company’s IT strategy.

Cooper and Unser Talk Tire Safety

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:17:05 PST

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is continuing its partnership with professional race car driver Loni Unser to educate drivers during National Tire Safety Week.

Leeds West Groups Expands Its Reach With Midas

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:45:26 PST

Leeds West Groups (LWG) has added another Midas location to its portfolio, giving the company 79 Midas stores in the U.S.

Atturo AZ850 Comes in 4 More Sizes

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:27:31 PST

Atturo Tire Corp. has added four sizes for wheels 20 inches and larger on the ultra-high performance AZ850 tire.

Former Goodyear Chairman and CEO Mercer Dies

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 10:52:46 PST

Former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Chairman and CEO Robert “Bob” Mercer died this past Friday at the age of 96.

Giti Goes Social With Tire Safety

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 10:49:49 PST

Giti Tire USA is taking its tire safety message to social media this week as part of National Tire Safety Week.

BKT Launches New Tire for Irrigation Machines

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 10:29:31 PST

The new Agrimax RT 818 from Balkrishna Industries Ltd. targets irrigation machines and is designed to run at lower air pressure levels for extra flotation.

Bridgestone CFO Appointed to Fed Board

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 07:09:37 PST

Amanda Mathis, chief financial officer of Bridgestone Americas Inc. has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Nashville Branch.

USTMA Kicks Off Tire Safety Week

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 06:39:04 PST

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has kicked off its annual safety awarenes campaign — National Tire Safety Week.

K&M Expands Footprint with Safemark Acquisition

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:51:36 PST

K&M Tire Inc. has acquired Safemark, a division of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, located in Middletown, Pa. K&M Tire will begin operating out of the newly acquired Safemark warehouse on Aug. 31.

Shaanxi to Recall Duraturn Tires in 11 Sizes

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:43:43 PST

Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group Rubber (Shaanxi) is recalling Duraturn Travia A/T tires in 11 sizes with DOT date codes 4015 through 0318.

Tire Kingdom, NTB To Offer Free Inspections

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 14:06:12 PST

TBC Corp.'s Tire Kingdom Service Centers and NTB Tire & Service Centers are offering consumers free tire care and 28-point vehicle checks in conjunction with National Tire Safety Week.

Yokohama Tire Corp. will release seven educational videos in conjunction with The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association’s (USTMA) annual Tire Safety Week, Aug. 31-Sept. 6.

Imported Tires Aren't 'Negligible'

Thu, 27 Aug 2020 05:43:13 PST

So how does the International Trade Commission (ITC) determine a domestic industry — in our case tires — is being harmed and threatened by imports? With data. Lots and lots of data.

Yokohama Will Sponsor Two Pikes Peak Racers

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 15:01:32 PST

Yokohama Tire Corp. will sponsor two drivers during the 98th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which takes place Aug. 30 in Colorado.

In this MTD exclusive, Paolo Ferrari, president, CEO and COO of Bridgestone Americas Inc., shares his view of the North American tire market, Bridgestone's efforts to become a global leader in sustainable mobility, the biggest challenges facing tire manufacturers over the next several years and more.

Schrader Launches 'Summer Giveaway' Contest

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 07:12:25 PST

Schrader TPMS Solutions North America reports its Schrader TPMS Academy is holding a “Summer Giveaway“ contest on its North American Facebook page.

Magna Offers Earthmover Tire Made in Holland

Wed, 26 Aug 2020 06:29:49 PST

Magna Tyres Group has begun producing the Magna M-Terrain E4/L4 tire in size 29.5R25 in the Netherlands to service the U.S. market.

Milestar Website Update Is Interactive

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:00:43 PST

The website for the Milestar brand from Tireco Inc. has had a big refresh.

Facepay Offers Contactless Payment Solution

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:10:46 PST

Contactless pay technology provider Facepay wants to give tire dealerships an easier way to facilitate customer transactions by bridging contactless payments with blockchain technology.

Rockstar Performance Garage and Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels are inviting off-road enthusiasts to join the Great American Crawl (GAC).

Continental Tire the Americas LLC has named Renato Sarzano head of its truck tire business in the Americas, replacing Paul Williams, who is moving to a position at parent company Continental AG’s office in Germany.

Maxam Opens Automated Solid Tire Plant

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:43:52 PST

Maxam Tire North America Inc. has opened an automated solid tire production facility, which represents Maxam's "major commitment to the specialty solid tire segment,” according to company officials.

Toyo Promotes Galamgam and Norman

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:28:30 PST

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has named Conrad Galamgam vice president of product planning and technical services and Jared Norman senior director of finance, pricing and planning.

Bridgestone Americas Inc.’s Wilson, N.C., consumer tire plant has been certified as a Rising Star in the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Carolina Star program.

Bill Hancock, senior vice president, supply chain operations, at American Tire Distributors Inc., recently brought MTD up to speed on the company’s suite of digital tools, tire supply and how it is building a more environmentally friendly operation.

Tire Discounters Adds Store in Huntsville

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 12:47:14 PST

Tire Discounters has opened a store in the Hampton Cove area of Huntsville, Ala. The new location is located at 233 Sutton Road, near the Blevins Gap Nature Preserve.

GRI Introduces OTR Tire for Winter Use

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 11:44:21 PST

Global Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd. has unveiled a new OTR tire, the Gripex Snow, which is designed to “withstand winter weather,” according to company officials.

M&A Market Update: Buyers Search for Quality

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 07:55:08 PST

Are mergers and acquisitions still going on during this very strange time, you ask? The short answer is yes.  

TireHub Hires VP of Sales

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 07:22:22 PST

TireHub LLC has hired Ted Becker to serve as the vice president of sales. For Becker, who spent 21 years working for Michelin North America Inc., it marks a return to the tire industry.

National Tire Safety Week Begins Aug. 31

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 06:29:36 PST

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) will promote National Tire Safety Week in 2020 the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6.

Vipal Designs VT250 for Winter

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 09:33:27 PST

Vipal Rubber Corp. has designed the VT250 to perform in snow and mud conditions.

Conti EcoPlus HS3+ Truck Tire Extends Mileage

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 08:06:39 PST

Continental Tire the Americas LLC has updated the Conti EcoPlus HS3, and the company says field tests show the new Conti EcoPlus HS3+ offers 27% better mileage than its predecessor.

Schrader TPMS Solutions is offering technicians a chance to win a tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) tool bundle.

Rich Kramer Seeks to Clarify Goodyear's Position

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:47:49 PST

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Chairman and CEO Rich Kramer has issued a statement in an effort to "clarify Goodyear's position" on its support for law enforcement, as well as its policy on what graphics and images employees are allowed to wear to work. Kramer's words come a day after President Donald Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear due to that policy.

Registration Opens for 2021 OTR Tire Conference

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 08:06:23 PST

The Tire Industry Association has opened registration for the 66th Annual Off-the-Road Tire Conference, which will take place Feb. 17-20, 2021, at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

TBC Says Thanks to Hospital Workers

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 07:41:39 PST

TBC Corp. offered medical staffers at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. a cool, sweet treat as a way to say thanks for their ongoing work to combat COVID-19 in South Florida.

Titan International, Inc., which makes and markets Goodyear-brand farm tires, has issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s call to boycott Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which sold its farm tire business to Titan in 2006. 

Magna Tyres Picks U.S. Sales Manager

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 07:18:21 PST

Magna Tyres Group has named Ryan Cusick the sales manager of its U.S. office.

Trump Calls for Goodyear Boycott

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:57:58 PST

President Donald Trump has called for a boycott of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. after an image reportedly from an employee training seminar at the tiremaker’s Topeka, Kan., plant made the news. That image notes that attire with Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” is unacceptable.

Sensata Names Stebbins to GM Position

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 14:21:32 PST

Sensata Technologies has named automotive industry veteran Russ Stebbins general manager of its global aftermarket business unit. 

Cooper Breaks Ground on New Distribution Center

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 14:17:50 PST

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has broken ground on a new, one-million-square-foot regional distribution center in Whiteland, Ind.

The impact of COVID-19 on trucking fleets’ operating budgets has created an opening for “value tier” commercial truck tire brands to gain additional market share, according to Kevin Lake, vice president of marketing, Sailun Tire Americas.

Ohio Tire & Automotive Association Honors Ulrich

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 09:11:18 PST

Retired Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich was recently recognized by the Ohio Tire & Automotive Association (OTAA) for "nearly 35 years of service to the tire industry," says Alex Boehnke, the association's legislative director.

Linglong Recalls 2,830 Venezia Crusade HT Tires

Tue, 18 Aug 2020 07:55:06 PST

Linglong Americas Inc. is recalling 2,830 Venezia Crusade HT tires that were produced in 2015.

GT Radial Unveils Champiro SX2 RS

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 18:09:34 PST

The latest GT Radial tire brings race-inspired performance to enthusiasts on the road and on the track.

Taskmaster Components, a major supplier of tire and wheel assemblies for North American original equipment trailer manufacturers, will be the exclusive distributor of Diamondback specialty trailer (ST) tires. The Diamondback brand is manufactured by Triangle Tire USA.

Countrywide Tire Names McAlpine CFO

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 11:27:53 PST

Countrywide Tire & Rubber has named Dylan McAlpine its new chief financial officer. He most recently served as the company's controller, a position he assumed in 2015.

Bridgestone Americas Inc. is celebrating 75 years of manufacturing tires at its plant in Des Moines, Iowa. The facility - which produces 90% of all the ag tires that Bridgestone sells in the United States and Canada - also builds OTR and forestry tires.

Continental Tire the Americas LLC is ramping up its investment in small OTR and construction tires. The company unveiled the first offering in its new, all-bias General brand OTR tire line earlier this year during the Tire Industry Association’s OTR Tire Conference.

Bridgestone Corp. recently acquired Transence Technologies’ iTrack Solutions Business unit, which the tiremaker calls “a globally preferred provider of tire management solutions for the OTR vehicle market.”

Selling tires to construction fleets has always been a tough business. And it has become even more challenging as construction companies apply extra scrutiny to their tire budgets and purchasing decisions due to continued, COVID-19-driven uncertainty.

Supporting and buying natural rubber from farmers in Sri Lanka is just part of the way Global Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd. (GRI) is focusing on sustainability in its business.

TPMS: Ford/Lincoln MKT -- 2011-2019

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:11:39 PST

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of the 2011-2019 Ford/ Lincoln MKT monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors

Tempoe Partners With Tire Agent

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:45:15 PST

Secondary finance provider Tempoe LLC has partnered with an online tire seller to offer consumers no-credit-required leases for their tire purchases.

Pandemic Paves the Way for Secondary Financing

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:08:25 PST

Thousands of tire dealers across North America have turned to no-credit finance providers as a way to reach more customers and capture additional sales at the front counter. And now, with the economy in a constant state of uncertainty thanks to COVID-19, dealers say this service is even more critical.

The owners of Virginia Tire & Auto have broken ground on their 18th location — in the midst of a global pandemic — and Julie Holmes tells Modern Tire Dealer the crisis hasn’t affected the scope or timing of this project, and she doesn’t expect it to affect plans for future expansion.

Continental's Tire Sales Fell 33% in Q2

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:13:29 PST

Tiremakers and tire dealers alike are searching for signs of what’s to come for the rest of 2020. Continental AG sees signs of improvement globally, and specifically in North America.

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is expanding its all-weather Celsius line to commercial van and light truck applications with the Celsius Cargo.

Keith Kammerman has been a U.S. Marine, bookkeeper, cattle rancher and volunteer fireman. And, he spent 20 years working for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. He retired, but quickly grew bored and decided to go back to work — at Burt Brothers Tire and Service Inc.

With more than 30 years in the tire industry – including 28 operating Tire Source, an Akron, Ohio, area-based dealership with six locations across northeastern Ohio – Tom White has lived through a number of significant market developments, from the rise of big box retailers to the launch of tire manufacturer-owned e-commerce platforms and most recently, the economic shock of COVID-19. 

ASE Hosts Tech Webinar on Readiness Monitors

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:13:56 PST

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a free webinar for service technicians, “Handling Incomplete Readiness Monitors,” at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 14 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Bridgestone Corp. is launching a new brand of off-the-road tires. The first MasterCore OTR tires are at work in select mines, and will roll out to customers worldwide in 2021 with additional patterns and sizes.

CarAdvise Signs Les Schwab

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:14:01 PST

CarAdvise LLC has added the fifth-largest independent tire dealership in the nation to its platform — Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc.

Sailun Says Thanks With a Drive-In Movie

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:57:46 PST

Sailun Tire Americas organized a free drive-in movie night for first responders who have been serving their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keter Tire Expands NeoTerra Truck Tire Lineup

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:29:13 PST

Keter Tire USA is adding two tires to the NeoTerra commercial lineup: the MS231, a mixed service all-position tire, and the MS321, a mixed service drive tire. 

The latest category of tires that offers year-round consumer convenience also promises to extend and add to one of the most common struggles independent tire dealers face: stocking an even wider assortment of products.

Tariffs are in the news again. This time around, consumer tires made in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are now under the microscope. MTD Editor Mike Manges analyzes the first written broadside in the United Steelworkers' pro-tariff campaign.

Hunter Expands AutoComp Elite Brake Lathe Lineup

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:06:56 PST

Hunter Engineering Co. is expanding its AutoComp Elite brake lathe into a line of brake lathes with three models, feature sets and price points.

Michelin North America Inc. has created a digital, cloud-based platform ─ Maestro ─ to connect its service providers, fleets and the tiremaker. Michelin says the goal is to strengthen and make the working relationship between the three entities more effective.

How to Define the Domestic Tire Industry

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:18:43 PST

In each investigation it conducts, the ITC must determine if there’s a reason any U.S. producer should be excluded from what it considers “the domestic industry.” That means the questions of who's a producer, and who's an importer, are important ones.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has revealed some of the how and why it believes the domestic tire industry is being harmed by tires imported from South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Service Tire Truck Centers Inc. (STTC) has acquired three commercial locations and a Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT) retread plant from Highlands Tire & Service.

Max Finkelstein Inc. is adding the Cooper and Mastercraft brands to its consumer tire portfolio.

Deadline to Vote for TIA Board is Sept. 1

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:03:07 PST

Tire Industry Association (TIA) members are reminded that the deadline to vote for candidates for the 2020-2021 board of directors is Sept. 1. Ten candidates, including eight newcomers, are seeking four open positions.

Some days, it may seem like you were busier than all get-out, but you didn’t make any money. Other days seemed slow, but you were stunned at how much cash you generated. Sometimes the retail world doesn’t make any sense, does it?

Yokohama Continues Sponsorship of MLB Angels

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:00:24 PST

Yokohama Tire Corp. isn't letting a shortened baseball season stand in the way of its decade-long partnership with the Los Angeles Angels.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s Steve McClellan, President of the Americas, has agreed to serve an extended term as the chairman of the board of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).

Falken RI191 Is Made for Delivery Trucks

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:10:23 PST

The Falken RI191 is an all-position tire designed to handle high scrub delivery routes and deliver long tread life and even wear in the growing 19.5-inch tire segment.

Bridgestone Corp. is accepting unpredictability and bracing for the possibility of a second wave of the coronavirus in Japan and abroad. In establishing its first financial forecast of the year, the tiremaker says it is assuming a drop in demand in the fourth quarter of 2020.

TIA Reschedules 100th Anniversary Events

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:19:33 PST

The Tire Industry Association is moving its centennial celebration events to 2021.

CEO Brett Ponton Is Leaving Monro

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 05:24:03 PST

Brett Ponton has resigned as CEO and president of Monro Inc., and as a result the company's chairman of the board of directors, Robbert Mellor, will take over as interim CEO.