MTD names 2014 Tire Dealer of the Year
September 18, 2014

Hail, hail, Halle is our Tire Dealer of the Year
Bruce Halle, chairman of Discount Tire, is the winner of Modern Tire Dealer magazine’s 2014 Tire Dealer of the Year Award. Halle was chosen to receive the industry’s oldest and most prestigious award from more than 30,000 eligible independent tire dealers throughout North America.

2Q income rises while sales fall for Kumho
Kumho Tire Co. posted net profit of 52.6 billion won on net sales of 895 billion won for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. That compares to income of 50.8 billion won on sales of 1 trillion won for the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

Apollo chooses Hungary for plant site
And the winner is: Hungary. In June, Apollo Tyres Ltd. had narrowed the location for its consumer and commercial tire plant to Hungary or Slovakia.

Delta World Tire adds 16th location
Delta World Tire Co. recently opened its 16th location. The newly constructed 9,600-square-foot facility is located in Hattiesburg, Miss.

BFG truck tire website gets upgrade
Michelin North America reports that BFGoodrich Truck Tires has redesigned its website with the help of its customers who were asked what features would be most valuable to help them better manage their business.

Mighty plans consumer rebate program
From Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2014, Mighty Auto Parts’ consumer rebate promotion will feature the following services and rebates, which can total up to $90 per customer:

On the rise: 200 Love's Truck Tire Care centers
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores have dotted the nation's highways since 1964. But in 2008, the company began its Love's Truck Tire Care service centers.

Continental recalls 8,070 motorcycle tires
Continental Tire the Americas LLC (Continental) is recalling certain motorcycle tires in sizes 120/70ZR17 and 120/70R17.

Trelleborg makes it easy to buy forklift tires
Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc. recently launched its Interfit USA website. It is designed to help consumers 1) buy forklift tires and 2) make sure they fit properly.

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance holds forum
The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance held its annual Sales & Marketing Forum at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, recently. Over 70 marketing leaders representing more than 40 Alliance shareholders were on hand for the event.

SEMA awarded $300,000 federal grant
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has been awarded part of a $2.2M federal grant which aims to expand exports of automotive aftermarket products into foreign markets including Russia, the United Arab Emirates and China.

Goodyear broadens mixed-service tire offering
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has broadened its line of premium mixed-service truck tires with the addition of a new size for its G741 MSD extreme traction drive tire.

CMA addresses incorrect sidewall markings
Double Coin Holdings LLC and and its American subsidiary, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA), have notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of non-compliant sidewall markings on certain Double Coin branded radial truck and bus tires.

Nokian previews a new SUV performance tire
Just before summer officially ends, there is one more summer tire being introduced: the Nokian Line SUV.

Lori’s Listening

All for one and one for all
The authors of the Bible knew how to lead by example. In the New Testament, a disciple of Matthew wrote, “Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.”

‘What would Mr. Halle do?’
"It starts with Mr. Halle,” says Chris Sallie in reference to the man whose influence is felt everywhere at the first Discount Tire store in the northeast Ohio market. “It” is attitude, not car count, bay turns, tire sales, or other measures of a tire shop’s business success. Says Ken Knake, assistant vice president for the region, “Mr. Halle expects everybody to be a Boy Scout and do the right thing every time, especially when nobody’s looking.”

Ties that bind
Bruce Halle, chairman of Discount Tire, is our 2014 Tire Dealer of the Year. That alone makes him special. Only 21 other independent tire dealers can put themselves in his shoes.

Think you can avoid a tariff? Timing is against you
If you want an additional tariff imposed on consumer tires imported from China -- and there are a lot of you in the tire industry who do -- then time is probably of the essence.

How to increase profits -- or efficiency -- when business is slow
Let’s say for some reason business is slow. Maybe all your bays are empty because it is raining hard, or the stars are aligned against you that day or week. Or there is no snow in January.

Are tire subsidies from the Chinese government the root of all evil?
By now, everyone who reads my blog, or my editorial in Modern Tire Dealer, knows that I am against additional tariffs on consumer tire imports from China.

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