Modern Tire Dealer

JUN 2018

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M T D J u n e 2 0 1 8 6 MODERN TIRE DEALER (ISSN 00268496) (CDN IPM #40013413) (USPS #369-170) is published monthly by Bobit Business Media, 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, California 90503-1640. Periodicals postage paid at Torrance, CA 90503-9998 and additional mailing offices. POSTMAS- TER: Send address changes to MODERN TIRE DEALER, P.O. Box 3312, Northbrook, IL 60065-3312. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for address changes to take effect. Subscriptions in the U.S. and its possessions, $65; Canadian, $99; Int'l surface mail, $99; Int'l airmail, $198. Single copies, $10, except the January Facts Issue, $30. Address all subscription correspondence to MODERN TIRE DEALER, P.O. Box 3312, Northbrook, IL 60065-3312. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks to receive your first issue. Please address Editorial and Advertising correspondence to MODERN TIRE DEALER, 3515 Massillon Road, Suite 350, Uniontown, OH 44685-6217. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced either in whole or in part without consent of Bobit Business Media. All statements made, although based on information believed to be reliable and accurate, cannot be guaranteed and no fault or liability can be accepted for error or omission. For your information: We sometimes make our subscriber information (i.e. fax, e-mail or mailing address) available to carefully screened organizations whose products and services may be of interest to you. If you prefer not to have your information made available, please write MODERN TIRE DEALER, P.O. Box 3312, Northbrook, IL 60065-3312. ModernTireDealer.com DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR THE INDEPENDENT TIRE DEALER Keep tabs on the industry with Modern Tire Dealer on Facebook and Twitter. You'll find breaking news alerts and exclusive content, including photos and news bits when the MTD editors are on the road. Follow MTD and tag along for the journey! Like MTD on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ModernTireDealer Follow MTD on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MTDMagazine@ MTDMagazine MTD digital edition You can view MTD 's monthly magazine at, http://mtd.epubxp.com/t/22225 or use your smartphone's QR Code reader (right) eNewsletters Get the latest news and insights from Modern Tire Dealer delivered straight to your inbox. Go to: www.moderntiredealer.com and scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up and "Be the First to Know." HOME OFFICE 3515 Massillon Rd., Suite 350 Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 899-2200, fax (330) 899-2209 Website: www.moderntiredealer.com PUBLISHER Greg Smith, ext. 2212 Greg.Smith@bobit.com EDITORIAL Editor: Robert J. Ulrich, ext. 2211 Bob.Ulrich@bobit.com Managing Editor: Lori L. Mavrigian, ext. 2216 Lori.Mavrigian@bobit.com Senior Editor & Digital Projects Editor: Joy Kopcha, ext. 2215 Joy.Kopcha@bobit.com Senior Editor: Ann Neal, ext. 2218 Ann.Neal@bobit.com PRODUCTION Art Director: Vince Taroc, (310) 533-2547 Vincent.Taroc@bobit.com Production Manager: Karen Runion, ext. 2210 Karen.Runion@bobit.com SALES South and Texas: Greg Smith Greg.Smith@bobit.com (330) 899-2200, ext. 2212 Midwest: Bob Marinez Bob.Marinez@bobit.com (330) 899-2200, ext. 2217 West Coast: Marianne Dyal /The Dyal Company Marianne.Dyal@bobit.com (760) 451-9216 Automotive Aftermarket: Dan Thornton djtinc@gmail.com (734) 676-9135, mobile (313) 410-0945 Classified Sales: Bob Marinez Bob.Marinez@bobit.com (330) 899-2200, ext. 2217 Reprint Sales: Karen Runion Karen.Runion@bobit.com (330) 899-2200, ext. 2210 CUSTOMER/SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE (888) 239-2455, fax (888) 274-4580 bobitpubs@omeda.com EXECUTIVE OFFICE 3520 Challenger St. Torrance, CA 90503 Chairman (1961-2014): Edward J. Bobit CEO & President: Ty F. Bobit Chief Financial Officer: Armand Del Duca VP & COO: Cyndy Drummey Joint ventures change tire landscape New partnerships and buyouts last month dramatically changed the landscape of U.S. tire distribution, and preceded the news that U.S. AutoForce acquired Tire's Warehouse Inc. the first of June (see page 10). Top news in May on our website, www.moderntiredealer.com, centered around companies buying up other companies, Amazon picking Sears for the instal- lation of tires sold on its website, new tire stores and financial results. Here are our top 10. 1. Dealer Tire makes a 'significant investment' in Simple Tire 2. Monro acquires Free Service Tire Co. 3. Amazon picks its partner for tire installation – Sears 4. Cooper's 1Q 2018 net income drops 74% 5. DOC error lowers tariffs on Chinese PLT tires again 6. Bridgestone's TJ Higgins: 'We need wholesalers to continue to work with us and support our brands' 7. How ATD is planning to 'offset the potential impact of Goodyear's actions' 8. Belle Tire: 100 stores is 'tip of the iceberg' 9. Tire sales were down at Monro in fiscal 2018 10. Michelin creates a road map for the next 30 years of tires Belle Tire Distribu- tors Inc., based in Allen Park, Mich., recently opened its 100 th location. Presi- dent Don Barnes III says the company is looking to move into bigger markets.

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