Modern Tire Dealer

DEC 2018

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M T D D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 8 18 N e w s / V i e w s March 5-8 The Work Truck Show & The Green Truck Summit, Indiana Convention Center, India- napolis, Ind. (800) 441-6832 March 8-9 North Carolina Tire Dealers Association Expo, Raleigh Convention Center/Marriott City Center, Raleigh, N.C. (877) 784-0111 March 18-21 American Trucking Associations TMC An- nual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga. (703) 838-1700 March 21-23 Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 27-29 Automechanika Astana, Kazakhstan Interna- tional Automotive Expo, Kazahkstan March 28-30 Mid-America Trucking Show, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. (502) 899-3892 March 29-30 New England Tire & Service Association Trade Show & Convention, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. (855) 638-7248 April 4-7 Automechanika Istanbul, Tuyap Fair, Conven- tion and Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey April 10-12 Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (864) 656-2200 Dates Private brand tire pioneer Al Hoffman dies at 94 A lbert Hoffman, co-founder of the Jetzon Tire and Rubber Co. Inc. and a pioneer in the private brand tire segment, died on Dec. 3, 2018, at his home in Boynton Beach, Fla., aer battling cancer. He was 94. Hoffman served in the army from 1942-1945, much of that time in Europe, and received a Bronze Star at age 19. His son Marc Hoffman, former president of Jetzon Tire, said he and his fellow soldiers liberated one of the concentration camps. He also received France's Legion of Honor Award, as well as the Certifi- cate of Normandy Landing signed by former President Francois Hollande for his military service. Hoffman started in the tire business working aer school for his father in the late 1930s in the family retread and used tire business. Aer being discharged from the service, he joined Hoffman Tire Co. full time. In 1964, he co-founded Jetzon Tire, his first venture into the new tire business. In 1965, he formed Jetzon International Corp., the export arm of Jetzon Tire. Expansion into the private brand business continued, with Doral in 1969, Telstar in 1970 and Laramie in 1971. Also in 1971, he founded International Tire Warehouses. He was the first tire dealer to serve two terms as president of the Delaware Valley Tire Dealers' Association, and was a director of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA) for five years. In addition, he was instrumental in the formation of the Private Brand Tire Group, an affiliate of the NTDRA, and served as the group's first chairman. Hoffman was one of eight inductees into the first class of the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 1985. He was inducted with fellow tire industry pioneers Roy Carver, Harvey S. Firestone, James Harlan Heafner, J.P. Hennessy Sr., Winston "Bill" Marsh, William Francis O'Neil and Frank Seiberling. "My dad, 'Boney' Jones, who passed in 2005, started buying off the Hoffman family in 1959, which started a friendship with all the Hoffmans that still goes on today," says Alan Jones, co-owner of Tire City Inc. in Bristol, Pa. "Albert Hoffman helped everyone out from the very beginning in ways that no one would do today." Hoffman was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and is survived by four sons. Ken Harris Sr., Harris Tire founder, dies at 87 K enneth L. Harris Sr., founder of Harris Tire Co. in Troy, Ala., died Nov. 2, 2018. He was 87. Harris was born Jan. 15, 1931. Armed with experience and knowledge gained from working in the oil industry, he opened his namesake wholesale tire dealership in 1966. e company has since added wholesale distribution centers in Huntsville, Ala.; Ocala, Fla.; Jackson, Miss.; Atlanta; and Charlotte. e six warehouses service tire dealers in nine Southeast states. e third-generation family business sells Cooper, Duro, Galaxy, Multi-Mile (plus other TBC Corp. brands), PrimeX and Sumitomo tires. Al Hoffman (pictured here in 1982) was inducted into the first class of the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 1985. PHOTO: MTD ARCHIVE

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