Modern Tire Dealer

APR 2019

Magazine for the professional tire industry

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N e w s / V i e w s M T D A p r i l 2 0 1 9 14 N e w s / V i e w s Dates May 8-10 Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz. (800) 576-8788 May 22-26 Autopromotec, Bologna Exhibition Centre, Bologna, Italy +39 051 6424024 June 4-6 Automechanika Birmingham, National Exhi- bition Center (NEC), Birmingham, England +44 (0) 1483 483984 June 10-12 Automechanika Dubai, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates June 13-14 Asian Tyre and Rubber Conference, Chennai, India June 22-23 Alabama Tire Dealers Association Conven- tion, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel, Gulf Shores, Ala. (256) 616-3587 July 10-12 PAACE Automechanika Mexico, Centro de Convenciones Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico (770) 984-8016 July 24-26 Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo & Latin Auto Parts Expo, Amador Convention Center, Panama, Republic of Panama (786) 573-0757 Aug. 19-21 China International Tire Expo (CITEXPO), Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Conven- tion Center, Shanghai, China Bauer Built buys Allied Tire's commercial assets B auer Built Inc. has acquired the commercial tire division of Allied Oil & Tire Co. effective April 1, 2019. e acquisition includes commercial tire centers in Omaha, Neb.; Kansas City and Joplin, Mo.; Wichita, Kan.; Des Moines and Sioux City, Iowa; and Sioux Falls, S.D. It also includes a Michelin Retread Technologies (MRTI) retread plant and a wheel-refinishing operation, both in Omaha. Bauer Built President Tad Bauer said adding Allied's commercial division is a perfect fit for Bauer Built, and offered up three reasons why: 1. Allied was primarily a commercial tire dealer, which is also Bauer Built's focus. 2. Allied and Bauer Built offer their customers many of the same products. 3. Geographically, the acquisition helps Bauer Built strengthen its position in existing markets, fill some voids in its footprint, and expand into new areas. Bauer Built will retain almost 90 employees from Allied and will hire a few more, resulting in a total payroll of 600 workers. With the Allied acquisition, Bauer Built has 40 tire and service centers, eight MRTI plants, and three wheel-refinishing operations, spread across 10 midwest states. It also continues to operate a bulk petroleum business, Bauer Built Oil, out of its headquarters in Durand, Wis. With Allied's divestiture of the tire business, the company will focus on expansion of its lubricants business and Industrial Services Division. e name will revert back to Allied Oil & Supply Inc., with 100% ownership by the Conrad Heinson family. ■ Tire dealer Stuart "Stu" Zurch- er died March 13, 2019. He was 72. Zurcher was born in De- catur, Ind., and was a 1965 graduate of Adams Central High School. He earned his associate degree in sheet metal development at Inter- national Harvester Appren- tice School, and earned two more associate degrees in mechanical engineering from the Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne and the Indiana Institute of Technology. In 1974 he founded Zurcher Tire of An- gola Inc. in Angola, Ind., and managed the business until 2001. He was a past president of the Indiana/Illinois Tire Deal- ers Association (IITDA) and also served on the Tire Industry Association's board of directors. He was an advocate and firm believer in educational opportunities for tire dealers. In 2007 Zurcher was part of the two- man team to create Dealer Strategic Planning Inc. (DSP), the tire industry's first 20 Group. Four years later, in 2011, he sold his investment in DSP to co-founder Norm Gaither, and Zurcher turned his focus to helping com- mercial tire dealers improve their profitability. He founded Strategic Alliance Group Inc. that same year. Zurcher also worked to help tire dealers address one of their most serious problems — educating and developing the talent for the next generation of managers and owners. In early 2013 he assembled a group of tire dealers and collaborated with Northwood University to create Tire Leadership 21. It's a university-level program to help promising employees learn about the financial side of the business. He is survived by his daughter, Lesli Emerick, of Fishers, Ind.; two sisters, Vicki Magsamen of Fishers and Penny (Doug) Hinsky, of Decatur; and a grand- son, Emerson Emerick. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Michael Magsamen. Tire dealer Stu Zurcher has died Stu Zurcher was an advocate of educa- tion for tire dealers, and was chairman of TIA's training and education committee.

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