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In this episode of Auto Pros On The Road, Joe Keene and Jacqui Van Ham visit Spencer Schaible and Ryan Melton, co-owners of STR Automotive

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Tires

Hercules Tire Launches Strong Guard H-LS

Hercules Tire and Rubber Company has launched its Strong Guard

Bridgestone To Develop Lunar Terrain Vehicle

Bridgestone is joining the Teledyne Brown Engineering team to design

Yokohama Off-Highway Introduces New Skid Steer

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires introduced its new skid-steer radial tire to

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Service

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TPMS Relearns Using the Trigger System

Generally speaking, if a vehicle utilizes an OBD relearn, a relearn procedure is quite simple and easy to execute. Provided everything functions as it is

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Understanding New R1234yf Refrigerant

The R1234yf refrigerant that will be required in all new cars next year has actually been found in vehicles since 2014 when Chrysler began using

TPMS-relearn

TPMS Relearns Using the Trigger System

Generally speaking, if a vehicle utilizes an OBD relearn, a relearn procedure is quite simple and easy to execute. Provided everything functions as it is

R1234yf

Understanding New R1234yf Refrigerant

The R1234yf refrigerant that will be required in all new cars next year has actually been found in vehicles since 2014 when Chrysler began using

News & People

TIA Membership Elects Four Board Members

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) membership has voted in two incumbents, a newcomer and a former director to its 2022-2023 board. Re-elected were Russ Devens of McCarthy Tire Service and T.J. Trum of Pomp’s Tire Service. Gary MacCausland of VIP Tires & Service was elected to his first term and...

Apollo Tyres Adds New Group Head of HR

Apollo Tyres announced that Dipankar Ghosh has joined as group head of human resources (HR) for the Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) region. Apollo says he will be responsible for overseeing key strategies in strengthening the talent pipeline, ensuring a high-performance culture and building a highly engaged ecosystem...

Les Schwab Names Mike Broberg as Next CEO

Les Schwab Tire Centers is welcoming a new CEO. Mike Broberg, the company’s CFO for the past four years, will become its next CEO in early 2023. Jack Cuniff, who became CEO in 2018, has announced plans to retire at the end of 2022. Cuniff will become chair of Les...

ATD Names Moid Alwy as Chief Supply Chain Officer

American Tire Distributors (ATD) has added Moid Alwy as chief supply chain officer. In this role, ATD says Alwy will oversee ATD’s supply chain and evolve the vision and strategy for the supply chain’s function and innovation. Alwy joins ATD following nearly 20 years at Target, where he began as...

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Promotes Rob Lovi to VP of Sales

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has promoted Rob Lovi to vice president of sales, beginning August 22, 2022. Previously serving as the director of sales and national strategic accounts, Lovi’s promotion is a part of the company’s succession plan following the appointment of Mike Graber to president and CEO earlier this...

Martin Winter Joins ZC Rubber Europe Technical Center

Zhongce Rubber Group has appointed Martin Winter as technical director, tire development, EMEA & Americas, at ZC Rubber Europe Technical Center in Hanover, Germany. Winter will work with Martin Wells, vice president of ZC-Technical Center and Global OE, and Jörn Tietjens, key account manager, OE, to support ZC Rubber’s OE...

LWG Acquires Midas Location in Omaha

Leeds West Groups (LWG) has acquired a Midas location in Omaha, Nebraska from West Center Auto Repair. The purchase price and deal terms are not being disclosed, LWG says. LWG says it owns and currently operates six Midas franchise locations across Nebraska. Of the current six locations, four are in...

Third Tire Safety Leadership Summit Focuses on Technicians, Drivers

When technicians go out on a roadside service call, distracted driving and other on-the-job dangers could play a role in whether they make it to the job site or home safely at the end of the day. To update the industry on best practices to avoid injuries, McCarthy Tire Service...

Tire Industry Hall of Famer Joe DePaolis Dies

Joseph A. DePaolis, a former president of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA) and 2022 inductee into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame, died Sept. 7, 2022, in Rochester, N.Y. He was 90.DePaolis made his mark in the tire industry growing three-outlet Johnny Antonelli Tire Co. Inc., based...

Bridgestone Invests $60M to Expand Bandag Retread Manufacturing Plant

Bridgestone Americas will invest $60 million to expand its Bridgestone Bandag manufacturing plant in Abilene, Texas. The 50,000-square-foot expansion of the Abilene plant is aimed at the growing demand for the company’s tread rubber products, driven by the rapid growth of its retread business, Bridgestone says. The expansion includes an...

WVE Vehicle Electronics Introduces Nearly 800 New Part Numbers

WVE Vehicle Electronics introduced 778 new part numbers in September, which the company says are now available for a range of light and heavy-duty vehicle applications. In total, WVE announced 359 fuel system products, 124 HVAC products, 102 fuel injection products, 100 switches, 27 emissions products, 23 sensors, 16 relays,...

Torqata to Host ‘Reinvent the Wheel’ Hackathon 2.0

Torqata announced that it, in partnership with sponsors American Tire Distributors (ATD), Google Cloud, and Continental, will host the ‘Reinvent the Wheel’ Hackathon 2.0 on Nov. 11, at ATD’s headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina. The 24-hour competition invites college students and professionals specializing in data science at all experience levels...

Podcasts

AAPEX 2022: What Tire Dealers Can Expect [Audio]

It’s that time of year again—show time! With about a month and a half before the SEMA and AAPEX Shows, we’re gearing up to bring you live coverage from both…and give you a sneak peek at what to expect at the shows this year. Whether you’re busy planning your trip to Vegas for...

Why Focusing on Your Best Customers Pays Off With Suburban Tire’s Gordon Leffler [Audio]

When you walk through the doors of Suburban Tire Auto Repair Centers in Glendale, Heights, Illinois, you’re walking into one of the cleanest and most organized tire dealerships on the east coast. “I could eat off the floors,” says Johnny g about the tire store this month’s guest has made into a superstore in...

The Latest Consumer Buying Data on Major Auto Purchases

The way consumers shop for tires has evolved over the years–you’re probably installing more tires from an online purchase than ever before and having conversations with customers who know (or think they know) what tires they need on their vehicle, thanks to the endless amount of information at our fingertips....

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