2007 Editions Archives - Tire Review Magazine
Work Resumes at Kenda Vietnam Factory

According to a report from Reuters, Taiwanese tiremaker Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. said it will resume work at its Vietnam factory May 16 following anti-China riots. A spokesman for the company also told Reuters that Kenda will make up for two days’ production lost due to the riots by adding shifts.

2007 Top Shop Finalist: Redwood General Tire

The late Bill Walsh, long-time coach of the San Francisco 49ers, was one of Alpio Barbara’s friends. So is former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, whose mom once worked for Barbara. But unlike the NFL, there is no off-season for Barbara’s Redwood General in Redwood City, Calif., a Top Shop Award finalist. “If the month ends

2007 Top Shop Finalist: Community Tire

  Howard Fleischmann isn’t the least bit shy about posting his personal cell phone number, his home phone number and his office number in his online newsletter, circulation 6,000. “If I’m not here when my customers need me, will they be there when I need them?” says the owner of Top Shop Award Finalist Community

2007 Top Shop Finalist: Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center

As the oldest family-owned tire and auto repair facility in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Chatham County, North Carolina, Chapel Hill Tire Car CareCenter greets customers by their first names and sends them out the door with a friendly smile. Although the business prides itself on old-fashioned values with regard to customer relationships, each shop location

2007 Top Shop Winner: Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service

Convention just doesn’t seem to fit in. Not always, and not with statements like, “We just do our own thing.” Or, “Sometimes the customer isn’t right.” Not that Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service has succeeded by living on the fringes. Far from it. As the first winner of the Tire Review Top Shop Award presented

Former Bridgestone Firestone Property Sold

Binswanger, an international real estate organization, announced the sale of an approximately 2.6 million square-foot building in Oklahoma City formerly owned by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC.

Alldata Releases Upgrade

Alldata has released its updated strategic Shop Management System, Alldata Manage Elite. Formerly called Service Center, Alldata Manage is designed to help professional automotive repair shops increase productivity and profitability.

KTI Announces New Representative Agency

K-Tool International (KTI), a leading manufacturer of tools and specialty equipment for the automotive aftermarket and professional mechanic, has selected Strategic Marketing as its representative in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Fountain Tire Expands in Grande Prairie

Fountain Tire will open a second location in Grande Prairie at the start of 2008, to better serve the growing economy.

Cooper Tire Announces Finance Moves

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced several position changes and re-assignments connected with its recently announced joint venture company in Quer

Jamaican Company is Newest TRIB Member

MS A TIRE JA Ltd., based in Jamaica, has joined the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).

T&WA Sells Tire Mounting Business Assets

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that T&WA Inc., a tire mounting business based in Louisville, Ky., has sold all of its assets to EnovaPremier LLC. Goodyear has had a minority ownership interest in T&WA since 1999.