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Former NTDRA president Isaiah ‘Art’ Lutz dies

Isaiah “Art” Lutz, founder of Lutz Tire Co. and former National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association president, died Nov. 23 at age 93.

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Lutz first opened Art Lutz Shell Service station in 1940, then formed the Portland-based Lutz Tire wholesale tire distributorship in 1969. Lutz Tire was the first company in the U.S. to import Bridgestone-brand tires, and it also gained exclusive regional distribution rights for other tire brands such as Cooper, Nitto, Yokohama and Remington.

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He also served as president of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association and as president of the NTDRA from 1993-1994.

Lutz retired in 1996 at the age of 82, closing the business.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl; children Arthur Lutz and Carol Heermance; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. (Tire Review/Akron)

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