The third-generation, family-owned independent tire dealer offers retail and commercial services at 10 locations, and a retreading plant, throughout Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. All Rice Tire locations provide customers passenger and light truck tire sales and services, plus automotive repair and tires for commercial vehicles.
Rice Tire was officially founded in 1956 after Donald B. Rice Sr. opened a gas station in Frederick, Md., in 1929 and started selling and servicing tires for commercial vehicles and large construction equipment.
Ken Rice, the youngest of Donald’s three sons, took over the business in 1975, and today, Ken’s son- in-law, Chris Chase, serves as the company’s CEO.
In celebrating of Rice Tire’s 60 years in business, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. hosted a dinner in June in Frederick to honor Rice Tire and present Chris and Angela Chase an award for the company’s commitment to selling Goodyear brand tires for 44 years of the tire dealers 60-year history.
Rice Tire also hosted an open house in September at its newly expanded service center in Cumberland, Md. The location added five service bays dedicated to servicing retail customer. During the open house visitor had the chance to see Dale Earnhardt Jr’s #88 Nationwide car and win NASCAR prizes.
Rice Tire will continue to expand next year, with the addition of six service bays to its flagship Frederick store.