Dealers expect tire sales to remain strong into the early stages of 2014, 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.
Nexen Tire America Inc. is withdrawing its sponsorship with Formula Drift Holding LLC for the 2014 race season. The company plans to return to the Formula Drift series after developing a new competition tire.
Gabriel (Ride Control LLC) announced its national “Shock Madness” spring sales event offering consumers a mail-in rebate for the price of one product (worth up to $125) when they purchase four qualifying Gabriel-branded ride control products.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced that its Clarksdale, Miss., plant was accepted into the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) enHance program for its record of landfill and energy usage reductions.
It would be so simple to do business without all of the rules, regulations and general interference from the government. Every day, you face problems in your business — increase sales, decrease expenses, manage employees, etc. — so how can anyone keep up with the ever-changing regulations? And, even more important, how do know that you comply?
Up to 2009, drivers who wanted to dress up their rides often chose expensive tire fitments greater than 22 inches in size. When the economy slowed, the trend became more UHP fitments on smaller vehicles. “UHP fitments have continued to grow, but we’ve seen the predominant size range shift from 22-plus to the 16- to 20-inch range,” says Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing for Hennessy Industries Inc.