Dunlop Tire Corp. recently presented awards to 59 dealers in recognition of their long association as customers of the tire maker. Heading the list of recipients were: Southern Service Station Inc. in Louisville, Ky.-65 years;
Christensen Oil Co., Concordia, Ks.; and Holleicke-Perrin Tires Inc., Wichita, Ks.-45 years;
City Tire Co., Providence, R.I.; Lou's Tire Mart Inc., Mentor, Ohio; and Mueller Tire, Beachwood, Ohio-40 years;
Bar Tire Co., Detroit; General Tire Service Inc., Gallatin, Tenn.; H.K. Tire Co. Inc., Somerset N.J.; Montgomery Tire Service Inc., Gaithersburg, Md.; and Mr. Tires, Kansas City, Mo.-30 years;
Art's Tire Service Inc., Hawthorne, N.J.; Henry Kulle Inc., Spring Valley, N.Y.; and Larry's Tire Service Inc., Rome, N.Y.-25 years; and
Cheever Tire Service Inc., Bellows Falls, Vt.; Froesel Tire Service, St. Louis; Grand Prix Performance, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Hoosier Retreads Inc., Huntingburg, Ind.; and Pittsfield Tire Center, New Berlin, N.Y.-20 years.
By the end of the year, the 68 Unimax Tires Ltd. franchise dealers throughout Quebec will be operating under a single banner: Unipneu.
The move to a common identity follows the 1990 merger of Unipneu Ltd. and Groupe Maxi-pneu Ltd., which subsequently reorganized as Unimax, based in Boucherville, Quebec. Currently, about 60 percent of the outlets are operating under the Unipneu name.
The tire dealer and service franchises also provide alignment, front-end and brake service.
Parnelli Jones Inc. stores in California and Las Vegas are beginning to operate under the name ``Parnelli Jones Express Tire Service''.
Stores in the Houston area already are operating under the new name, which the company chose to emphasize fast tire service, according to President and CEO Dan Beach.
``One of the things we feel is important is the speed we can give the customer,'' Mr. Beach said, explaining that the company's stores are instituting a guaranteed 25-minute tire change.
Mr. Beach said all Parnelli Jones' California stores should be converted by August.
By year-end, all of the company's 94 outlets, including the former Dob's Tire and Auto Centers that were merged into Parnelli Jones last year, should be operating under the new ``Express Tire Service'' banner, Mr. Beach said.
Parnelli Jones' stores are located in Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Missouri and California, with the majority in California.