Kenny Van Hook, owner of El Dorado, Ark.-based Van Hook Tire Centers, recently moved his Monroe, La., outlet to a larger facility in West Monroe, La. Mr. Van Hook purchased the Monroe commercial dealership and Bandag retread plant in 1992. In August, he moved that operation to an industrial park in West Monroe.
The West Monroe retread shop also produces retreads for the El Dorado location, a combination commercial/retail outlet.
Future plans call for doubling the capacity of the retread plant, which currently produces about 16 to 22 tires per day, Mr. Van Hook said.
In March, White Tire Distributors Inc. purchased one of the oldest General Tire dealerships in the U.S., McDowell General Tire Co. of Nashville, Tenn.
The purchase, which included a commercial location and a separate retail outlet, is expected to boost White Tire's annual sales to about $35 million and marks the dealership's entry into the off-the-road tire market, according to President David White.
Former McDowell General owner Alan Eatherly has joined White Tire as senior vice president.
White Tire services trucking fleets throughout the southeastern U.S. from seven locations: Roanoke, Va.; Kingsport, Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.; Charleston, W.V.; and Greenville, S.C. The company also operates five Bandag retread plants.
Mr. White said he expects the dealership will continue to expand in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Former Tillman Tire manager Pat Harrington bought that Monroe, La., dealership from owner C.R. Tillman in August.
The single-outlet dealership, which includes three indoor and four outdoor bays, sells passenger, light truck, heavy truck and farm tires, and performs brake, shock and front-end work, Mr. Harrington said.
Since acquiring the business, Mr. Harrington has recorded sales figures higher than those from the comparable 1994 periods, he said.
Mr. Tillman is pursuing other interests, Mr. Harrington said.
Santing's OK Tire Store, based in Windsor, Ontario, recently received the Windsor Chamber of Commerce 1995 Company of the Year Award for firms with one to 19 employees.
The dealership was recognized for doubling its sales twice in the past 10 years, recycling tires and other automotive parts, and for its customer and employee relations, according to Dave Santing, who co-owns the dealership with his father, Al Santing.
The single retail/wholesale location sells passenger, light truck and performance tires and custom wheels, and performs customizing services, rustproofing and exhaust and radiator work. The six-bay outlet, however, does not perform mechanical work, according to Dave Santing.
``We wholesale (parts) to others that do mechanical work, so we are not in competition with them,'' he said.
Parnelli Jones, former Indy 500 winner and Chairman of Ventura, Calif.-based Parnelli Jones Inc., recently received the 1995 Custom Wheel Industry Lifetime Achievement Award for ``his contributions to the wheel industry from manufacturing wheels, to his famed Indy racing career to selling wheels in his retail chain,'' Wheel Friends of Childhelp said.
Wheel Friends is a group of wheel industry leaders that, besides offering the achievement award, raises money for Childhelp USA, which it said is the largest national, non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment and research of child abuse and neglect.
Sacramento, Calif.-based California General Tire & Wheel Co. received the State of California Certificate of Recognition for ``outstanding achievement in the category of Best Supplier to the State.''
California General has supplied General XP2000 radial passenger tires to more than 100 California Highway Patrol locations statewide and to some city and county police departments.
President Phil Kelley has owned the firm for more than 20 years.