Modern Tire Dealer

DEC 2018

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M T D D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 8 14 N e w s / V i e w s New outlets bring Tire Discounters to 112 stores A s of Jan. 1, 2019, there will be 112 Tire Discounters outlets in six states. e latest four outlets will be opened by the end of the year, says Tire Discount- ers Inc. President Jamie Ward. " T h i s ye ar we've grown through partner- ships, like our stores in Dalton, Ga., and organi- cally with new customers and new stores in our existing markets. Our entr y into Knoxville marks an exciting end to 2018." Two of the four new stores will open in Knoxville, Tenn. e stores in Oak Ridge and Cedar Bluff mark the company's long-awaited entry into the metropolitan Knoxville market. Ward adds Tire Discounters is planning to open more stores in Knoxville in 2019. e other two stores are located in existing markets: Chattanooga, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala. Tire Discounters was founded by Chip Wood in 1976 and is still family- owned and operated. Wood remains the sole owner and company chairman, but in recent years has begun a smooth transition to the second generation of leadership. W a r d , a v a l u e d employee and protégé for more than 20 years, is now the driving force in the company day-to-day. Additionally, Steven Wood, Chip's eldest son, has worked in the company for more than five years and serves on the leadership team. Steven's sister and brother, Anna and Evan Wood, are also learning the business from the ground up. Tire Discounters President Jamie Ward says the com- pany grew organically and through partnerships in 2018. ASE honors techs The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recently honored 52 technicians for earning the top scores on the ASE certification tests. Pirelli will supply FIA Pirelli & Cie SpA will remain as "Global Tire Partner" of the FIA (Federation Internatio- nale de l'Automobile) Formula One World Championship through 2023 after renewing its current contract, which lasts until the end of the 2019 season CEAT reaches milestone After one year of operation, the new CEAT Specialty Tyres Ltd. ag radial plant in India has released 100 unique tire sizes. CEAT (Cavi Elettrici e Affini Torino Ltd.) is part of Indian industrial company RPG Group. McGovern is honored The Auto Care Association's Import Vehicle Community has honored William "Mac" McGovern, who retired from KYB Americas Corp. as director of marketing and training, with its 2018 Lifetime Industry Achievement Award. Nexen scores Jetta fitment The N'Priz AH8 from Nexen Tire Corp. is the original equipment tire for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Apollo signs cricket icon India-based Apollo Tyres Ltd. has signed retired cricket player Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador for a period of five years. Halldane joins distributor Oriente Tire U.S.A. LLC named David Hall- dane its first U.S. sales director for Petlas consumer tires. Valvoline is top partner The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc. has named Valvoline LLC its 2018 Channel Partner of the Year. Hometown praises Hankook Montgomery County officials marked the first year of operations of Hankook Tire America Corp.'s Tennessee tire plant with a community proclamation. Bites ITC ruling on Chinese imports has ripple effect on retreading T he last chapter on whether or not truck and bus tires imported from China have negatively impacted domestic tire manufacturers and retreaders has not been written. On Nov. 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) remanded the nega- tive U.S. Court of International Trade (ITC) injury determination on truck and bus tires from China. is means ITC must reconsider a February 2017 CIT ruling that the domestic tire industry was neither materially injured nor threatened with material injury by reason of imports, according to Retread Instead, a coalition of retread industry supporters created to enhance the awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of retreading throughout North America. e ITC must file its remand redetermination on or before Jan. 4, 2019. Retread Instead, which launched in July 2017 and is led by Marangoni Tread North America Inc., supports imposing tariffs, antidumping duties and countervail- ing duties on commercial Chinese truck and bus tires that are imported into the United States "because China is a 'non-market economy' that dumps low quality non-retreadable truck tires into the U.S below fair market value thus undermining the retread industry." e coalition says retreading commercial truck tires in the U.S. is a $3 billion industry. "ere are well over 100,000 U.S. jobs in retreading and related industries that are being threatened by the importation of non-retreadable truck and bus tires from China that are sold at below fair market value." PHOTO: TIRE DISCOUNTERS

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