Auburn, Wash.-based Sound Tire recently broke ground on a planned 56,000-sq.-ft. facility to replace its current corporate headquarters, according to Robert Riley, vice president of finance. The new location, also in Auburn, is near the intersection of Highways 18 and 167, about a mile and a half from the current headquarters, he said. The firm expects to move there in January.
With the new, larger building, Sound Tire will consolidate warehousing and build a larger Bandag retread shop, more office space and a truck center, Mr. Riley said.
The new location will also house a retail store.
``We have just outgrown this particular space,'' he said adding that the new facility should be more efficient and increase manufacturing capacity.
Sound Tire has five locations in Alaska, one in Oregon and seven in Washington, including its headquarters, he said.
Suburban Tire Inc. in Illinois moved its headquarters a half-mile mile west from Lombard, to Glendale Hills, June 1.
Although the move was from a 20,000-sq.-ft., eight-bay facility into one of similar size, a more efficient layout at the new location allows the firm to operate four additional service bays. Those include four tire bays, two alignment bays, two suspension bays, two brake bays, and oil change and exhaust bays.
The main thoroughfare on which Suburban Tire had been located in Lombard was widened, wiping out much of its parking area, necessitating the move, said Gordon Leffler, general manager.
The 19-year-old family-owned dealership posted 1994 sales of $7.2 million at its six retail locations, all which are located in Chicago suburbs.
Mr. Leffler's father, Duke, started the business in 1976. His mother, Susan Leffler-English, is president;, his brother, Steve, is secretary; and his other brother, John, is a store manager.
National Tire Warehouse (NTW) continued its aggressive expansion with the opening of an 18,000-sq.-ft. facility in Waltham, Maine, on June 7 and an 11,200-sq.-ft. facility in Salem, New Hampshire, on June 28, according to Brian Sexton, COO.
The Waltham-based company now has 138 retail stores throughout the U.S., he said, and has opened 15 to 20 stores in each of the last three to five years.
Pacific Coast Retreaders Inc. renovated its Irvine, Calif., retread plant earlier this year.
The Oakland, Calif.-based company-which specializes in intermodal tire retreading-added new mold cure and precure equipment and expanded its plant area, according to Bob Miner, PCR's vice president. The facility can retread about 500 tires per day.
An open house was held at the plant June 8.
The firm, which uses Oliver Rubber Co.'s Longmile process, also performs bead-to-bead truck tire retreading. Edward Kim is PCR's president.
PCR is the 18th largest truck tire retreader in North America, using 3.1 million pounds of rubber in 1994, according to a TIRE BUSINESS survey.
Tire King of Columbus Inc., located in Columbus, Ga., opened its fourth outlet Aug. 1.
The new retail/commercial outlet is housed at the site of a number of former dealerships in a building with 10,000 square feet of warehouse space and nine service bays, according to Todd Chapman, vice president and son of company founder and President, W.W. ``Bill'' Chapman.
Tire King also operates two retail stores and one commercial outlet, all located in Columbus.
The family-owned business performs undercar service and sells ``a wide selection'' of wheels and tires, Todd Chapman said.
Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. recently presented a plaque to Montgomeryville, Pa.-based Jetzon Tire & Rubber Co., celebrating their 30-year partnership.
Jetzon private brand tires were established in 1964 and produced by the Lee Tire & Rubber Co., which joined Kelly in 1987.
Jetzon, established in 1930 by David Hoffman and his wife, Anna, is now operated by his grandsons: Marc, president and CEO; Jeffery, COO; David, vice president, sales; and Fred, vice president, marketing.