Modern Tire Dealer

MAY 2019

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M T D M a y 2 0 1 9 14 N e w s / V i e w s Bites The Group honors vendors The Automotive Parts Services Group (the Group) presented its Co-Man Vendor of the Year award to KYB Americas Corp. The Co- Man Vendor of the Year for Order Fill award went to Fram Group IP LLC's Autolite Division. ATD is recognized American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) has won three Blue Diamond Awards from the Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative for creating business value in the use of infor- mation technology systems and contribut- ing to the development and recruitment of IT talent to the Charlotte area. Tenneco supports students Tenneco Inc. donated Rancho-brand ride control parts to two high school automotive programs participating in the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) High School Vehicle Build. Monro moves into Louisiana Monro Inc. acquired Allied Discount Tire & Brake Inc. on March 31. The 12 stores, which are expected to add $15 million in sales with a mix of 35% service and 65% tires, will be rebranded as Tire Choice. Tirescanner names sales VP Scott Friedman is joining Tirescanner as vice president of sales. He previously spent three years leading marketing at Jack Wil- liams Tire Co Inc. Sullivan Tire turns 64 Sullivan Tire Co. Inc. is celebrating its anniversary with help from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and a visit from the blimp. Tariffs cost Cooper $10 million New tariffs on truck and bus tires from China cost Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. $10 million in the first quarter of 2019. The company says it expects the tariffs will cost $50 million by year's end. Engine light repairs cost more In its most recent CarMD Vehicle Health Index report, Corp. said U.S. vehicle owners paid 6.5% more on average to repair check engine light issues in 2018 than in 2017. Michelin opens a super- sized distribution center M ichelin North America Inc. has opened its largest distribution center in the world — in Green- ville, S.C. It spans 45 football fields with the capacity to move 4 million tires a year. e company began building the gigan- tic distribution center in November 2016, and as of April 2019, it is fully operational. Michelin says the goal of the mega distribu- tion center is to provide better product availability by consolidating inventory in one site to serve the southeast U.S. Known as the Woodruff U70, the distribution center is Michelin's biggest. Here are the details at a glance: • It consists of five buildings. • Each building is as large as nine football fields. • It covers more than 3 million square feet. • e center will accommodate more than 4 million tires a year, using Michelin's first automated, robotic system. • e automated system includes 16 robots and 29 cranes. • e facility will have the capacity to process 200,000 tires a day — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. • Shipments will roll on 100-120 trucks per day. • Total truck capacity: 550 trucks. • Customers served: nearly 3,000. Michelin's systems team installed two key digital tools: the warehouse man - agement system (WM6) and the yard management system (YMS). The center is Michelin's first fully, genuinely paper-free site. Barcodes, scan- ners, RFID chips and computers have replaced the paper trail. e company considers it a step in improving its global supply chain. e buildings are awaiting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Bridgestone's retreading campaign promotes fleets T he 2019 Fleets We Depend On Roadshow made its way to Akron, Ohio — home of the Bridgestone Americas Technical Center. e Bandag roadshow is part of Bridgestone's industry-wide campaign focused on educating small- to medium-sized fleets on the advantages of retreads. "Fleets are constantly looking for new ways to improve efficiency, remain competitive and increase safety," said LaTres Jarrett, Bandag managing director for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC. "Fleets are looking to tire manufacturers to help them evolve and improve across key performance indicators, including safety, cost, productivity and efficiency. "As the market dynamics change, we as tire manufacturers must also change. Delivering products is no longer enough to satisfy (fleet) managers. We must deliver holistic tire solutions to maximize tire performance." For Bridgestone, the common denominator for its cradle-to-grave solutions is the casing, which Bridgestone refers to as a "sustainable asset." e outdoor Bandag display featured a Bandag truck tire casing that had traveled 1 million miles. — Bob Ulrich LaTres Jarrett, director of marketing for Bandag, told people at the Fleets We Depend On Road- show in Akron that a retread tire is produced with 15 gallons less oil than a new tire.

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