GCR standardizes commercial tire service

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July 23, 2014

Bridgestone rebrands GCR division

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC (BATO) has rebranded its GCR Tires & Service division. Under the new brand, GCR is standardizing the commercial tire service experience across all of its U.S. locations.



Distribution is in Countrywide's D.N.A.

Countrywide Tire & Rubber Inc. is offering a new "umbrella" program that will allow dealers to customize shipments by item and location using any combination of its LINK or Select programs.


Giti restructures its management team

Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. has reorganized its senior management team. Two top executives changed positions; another joined the company.



Vipal hosts international retreaders in Brazil

Vipal Rubber Corp. announced that it recently hosted retreading companies, including White's Tire Service Inc., Wilson, N.C., from eight countries in Latin America, North America and Europe, to see its factory in Feira de Santana in Bahia, Brazil. White’s Tire Service is number 44 on the 2014 MTD Top 100 Retreaders in the U.S. list.


Cooper adds to executive team

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed Mark Chung vice president, strategy and business development for the Americas. He reports to Chris Ostrander, Cooper’s president, Americas operations.



Alliance Tire Americas supports 4H at tractor pull

Alliance Tire Americas Inc. presented the Marshall County 4-H with a $500 check July 19, 2014 at the Lions Super Pull of the South tractor pull event in Chapel Hill, Tenn. Local pull fans helped increase Alliance’s donation by playing the company’s Spin and Win game at the event.


Dealers to learn to manage company 'killer'

Dealers at the Georgia Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association meeting learned how to manage payroll to maximize profitability on July 19, 2014. “Payroll, the killer of companies” was presented by Norm Gaither, owner and founder of Dealer Strategic Planning Inc. (DSP).



Cooper will release 2Q results on Aug. 7

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will announce second-quarter 2014 financial results before the markets opens on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.


June HD orders up, MD orders down

According to Americas Commercial Trucking (ACT) Research, Class 8 orders in June 2014 surprised on the high side after a solid May with total net orders of 26,729 units. Classes 5-7 net orders declined for the second consecutive month, coming in at 15,055 units.






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MTD 100: ‘Internet pricing leveled the playing field’

The maxim “business as usual” has become “business unusual” for the dealers on this year’s MTD 100. They emerged from a global recession to find an increasing threat to their margins: tire pricing on the Web. Their willingness to adapt to change has given them the competitive edge to grow their businesses.


How do fleets manage tires?

The S.2 Tire and Wheel Study Group of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) recently conducted a tire management survey, which produced some eye-opening statistics.


Truck tire market 2014

It should be a good time to be a commercial truck tire dealer. According to the Quarterly Commercial Vehicle Report by IHS Automotive driven by Polk, there were 11,850,000 commercial vehicles registered for use on U.S. highways in December 2013. That was 255,000 more than in the previous year.