Tire sales improve for 7 straight months
October 20, 2014

Half of dealers expect tire sales to improve
Half of dealers expect tire sales to improve in the next six months, according to industry analyst Nick Mitchell, senior vice president research for Northcoast Research in Cleveland, Ohio, and author of Modern Tire Dealer’s Your Marketplace column.

Sullivan Tire opens 66th New England store
Sullivan Tire Co. Inc. has opened its 66th outlet in Saugus, Mass. The company will hold a grand opening for its newest New England location on Oct. 25, 2014.

Jack Williams Tire pilots training at local college
Jack Williams Tire Co. is piloting a training program for general service technicians with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) in Nanticoke, Pa. Graduates receive Tire Industry Association (TIA) certification upon completion of the program.

Free app helps users navigate 2014 AAPEX
The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) says the show’s free 2014 mobile app includes new content and features to help users navigate the display floor. AAPEX is scheduled for Nov. 4-6 in Las Vegas with AAPEXedu sessions starting Nov. 3.

Doug Young, former Myers exec in Canada, dies
Doug Young, the Canadian president of Myers Tire Supply Canada Ltd. for more than 40 years, died Oct. 17, 2014, after a short illness. He was 82.

8 charities to benefit from Michelin golf event
Michelin North America Inc. reports it raised a record $536,000 from its annual charity golf tournament. The event, which is held in Greenville, S.C., each October, is supported by Michelin’s suppliers and business partners throughout the world.

Monro will report 2Q earnings on Oct. 23
Monro Muffler Brake Inc. will release fiscal 2015 second quarter earnings on Oct 23, 2014. The company will host a conference call and audio webcast on at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

ITDG’s captive insurance firm has record results
The Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC’s (ITDG) captive insurance company reports a record second quarter.

Alliance Tire CEO receives Forbes India honor
Alliance Tire Americas Inc. announced that its group CEO, Yogesh Mahansaria, has been named NextGen Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2014 Forbes India Leadership Awards (FILA).

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‘We feel like we got our number one draft pick’
Industry veteran Dave Crawford has taken on a new role as chief executive officer of The Hybrid Shop LLC (THS). In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations and management, Crawford will focus on expanding the THS network of franchise locations servicing all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). THS founder and former CEO Matt Curry will continue to oversee the company’s evolution in his new position as chief visionary officer.

Digital advertising — the way forward in Europe?
As we all know, the main concept of a successful tire company — whether it be a manufacturer, wholesaler/distributor or retailer — is to sell as many tires as possible. This is ever more true in Europe where the competition is particularly fierce.

Kenda says ‘No’ to status quo
To Jimmy Yang, vice-chairman of Kenda Rubber Ind. Co. Ltd., status quo is unacceptable. The 52-year-old company was already one of the largest producers of specialty tires in the world when it began manufacturing passenger tires in 2001.

Hankook makes sure America's efforts during the Korean War are not forgotten
The moment was brief yet poignant. Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., was finishing up his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for Hankook's tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn.

Why you should ask yourself if being open on Sunday is an option
The battery on my wife's 2001 Firebird died over the weekend. She discovered it after work, and was lucky to get a jump so she could get it home.

CR implies too many Chinese tires lack quality
Consumer Reports recently included Chinese tire brands in one of its tire testing projects. This was a first for the magazine.

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